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CrimeMackenzie Lueck killing: Cell phone photos and rideshare helped lead to arrest

12:10  29 june  2019
12:10  29 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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(CNN) Cell phones and social media were at the heart of the investigation that led to an arrest in the killing of a University of Utah student who vanished nearly two weeks ago. Investigators tracking her cell phone discovered that 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck and the man expected to be charged with

Mackenzie Lueck . Cell phones and social media were at the heart of the investigation that led to an arrest in the killing of a University of Utah student Investigators tracking her cell phone discovered that 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck and the man expected to be charged with her murder were both in

Mackenzie Lueck killing: Cell phone photos and rideshare helped lead to arrest© Mackenzie Lueck/Facebook An image of Mackenzie Lueck taken from her Facebook page.

Cell phones and social media were at the heart of the investigation that led to an arrest in the case of a University of Utah student who vanished two weeks ago.

Investigators tracking her cell phone discovered that 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck and the man expected to be charged with her murder were both in the park where she was last seen on June 17 within a minute of one another.

That was around the time Lueck's phone stopped receiving data or location services, police said

Ayoola Ajayi, 31, was arrested Friday and is expected to be charged with aggravated murder. He also faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body, according to Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown.

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Police find her pictures on his phone

After Lueck disappeared, the suspect originally denied knowing what she looked like, Brown said. But several pictures of her were found on his phone, and the "digital footprint" has continued even after the arrest, police said.

An Instagram account that Lueck's sorority sister confirmed belongs to the missing student followed another user on or about Wednesday, CNN verified.

Brown confirmed that investigators are looking into the activity on the account.

"This is a digital forensic investigation," he said. "This is covering computers, cell phones, IP addresses, URLs, texting apps."

Forensic evidence is also discovered

But the investigation is not just limited to digital footprints.

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Cell phone photos and a rideshare helped lead to man's arrest in the killing of Mackenzie Lueck . She then took a Lyft to Hatch Park, where she was Investigators tracking Ajayi's phone say he and Lueck were both in the park within a minute of each other. Then her phone stopped receiving data or

Lueck disappeared on June 17 after she returned from a trip home for her grandmother's funeral Self-employed contractor Brian Wolf told Deseret News that the man arrested for killing Lueck "This was the same time as Mackenzie 's phone stopped receiving any further data or location services," he

Investigators also found forensic evidence after they searched Ajayi's home and property Wednesday, police said. As they did, his neighbors told police they saw him using gasoline to burn something in his backyard on June 17 and 18, Brown said.

Mackenzie Lueck killing: Cell phone photos and rideshare helped lead to arrest© Salt Lake City Airport/Police Department Lueck walks throught the Salt Lake City International Aiport on June 17.

Police said the search yielded multiple items of evidence.

"A forensic excavation of the burn area was conducted, which resulted in the finding of several charred items that were consistent with personal items of Mackenzie Lueck," Brown told reporters.

Police also discovered charred material that was determined to be female human tissue consistent with Lueck's DNA profile, he said. A mattress investigators have been trying to find has been located, police tweeted Friday night, without providing additional details.

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Mackenzie Lueck , 23, was last seen June 17 after arriving on a flight at the Salt Lake City airport Salt Lake City police on Friday arrested and charged a man with the murder of missing University of “This is one of the most difficult phone calls I have ever made as both Greg and his wife, Diana, are

Student Mackenzie Lueck , a sorority member aged 23, disappeared on June 17. A man has been charged with the murder of missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck , authorities The account, which claims to be for people with 'daddy issues' appears to collect very sexual photos and

She stopped communicating about 3 a.m.

Lueck texted her parents at 1 a.m. on June 17 when she landed at Salt Lake City International Airport, police said. She was seen on airport surveillance walking through baggage claim before taking Lyft to Hatch Park.

The Lyft driver said she did not appear to be in distress, according to Salt Lake City police assistant chief Tim Doubt.

Police said Friday that all communications with Lueck's phone ceased around 3 a.m. that morning -- the same time they said she left the park with the suspect.

Phone records showed her last communication was with the suspect, Brown said. Her family and friends did not see or hear from her after that morning. Her sorority sister told CNN affiliate KSL that Lueck had also missed exams.

"She's extremely dedicated," Ashley Fine told the TV station. "She would never miss her midterms or anything like that. She hasn't been home. She didn't show up to work, or anything."

A suspect is arrested

After the suspect's arrest Friday, Brown contacted her parents to tell them the news. They were "devastated and heartbroken by this news," he said.

"This is one of the most difficult phone calls I've ever made," he said.

The suspect lived about five miles from the park where Lueck was last seen.

According to his LinkedIn page, he is a former information technology specialist for the US Army and recently worked for Dell and Goldman Sachs. CNN has reached out to the US Army and Dell for comment.

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