The body of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck has been found in Logan Canyon, police say

    The body of MacKenzie Lueck, the University of Utah student who was killed sometime after she flew back to Salt Lake City on June 17, has been found.

    “We have retrieved MacKenzie Lueck from Logan Canyon,” Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown announced at a news conference Friday.

    No details were given about how the police located the body. Brown and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said her remains were retrieved sometime Wednesday.

    “Despite their grief,” Brown said of the Lueck family members, “we hope this will help them find some closure and justice for MacKenzie.”

    Lueck, a 23-year-old kinesiology major at the U., was last seen alive in the early morning of June 17, when she returned to Utah from California and caught a Lyft ride at Salt Lake City International Airport. The Lyft driver, who took her to Hatch Park in North Salt Lake, told police she met someone there.

    Ayoola Ajayi, 31, was booked into jail June 28 on suspicion of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, desecration of a body and obstruction of justice after a SWAT team arrested him that morning at a West Temple apartment complex. He is being held without the opportunity to post bail.

    Officials have not disclosed many details about the case, such as the nature of any relationship Ajayi and Lueck had, why they met at the park and how police discovered her body was in a canyon two hours north of Salt Lake City.

    Police previously had said charred human tissue was found in Ajayi’s yard and was a DNA match for Lueck.

    As of Friday morning, Ajayi had not been charged. Gill asked for and received an extension until Tuesday to file formal charges, and said Friday that charges should be filed early next week.

    Brown and Gill both issued pleas to give the Lueck family members, living in California, privacy as they grieve.


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