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CrimeMackenzie Lueck killing investigation 'complex and very active,' authorities say

22:10  02 july  2019
22:10  02 july  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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Police have said they believe Lueck was killed and have arrested a suspect in connection with her death. The governor of Utah also posted his condolences to Lueck 's family Friday in a Twitter post saying in part, "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mackenzie Lueck at this very difficult

Mackenzie Lueck killing investigation 'complex and very active,' authorities say© Jeremy Harmon / Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake County prosecutors will have until next week to file charges against a man who police say kidnapped and killed 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck and then burned her body in his backyard.

Utah’s 3rd District Court granted a motion, filed by prosecutors Tuesday, to extend Ayoola Ajayi’s jail hold while they continue to review evidence in the case.

Typically, charges are filed against a defendant in a criminal case within 72 hours of an arrest. However, in some instances — often involving complex cases — Salt Lake County prosecutors have asked for additional time, Dist. Atty. Sim Gill said.

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“This was a complex and very active investigation,” he said. “We want as much complete information as we can get before we file.”

Ajayi, 31, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body after a SWAT team took him into custody Friday morning. He remains behind bars without bail, according to jail records.

Ajayi appeared to live a life of contradictions and unfinished business prior to his arrest. He was kind to visitors and those who stayed in his home, which he rented as an Airbnb, according to his roommate. But other times, his temper would flare over small things, like the positioning of furniture.

He joined the Army National Guard but never attended training, a military spokesman said. He had begun studying computer science at Utah State University but never graduated, college records show.

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Documents say the woman was engaging in consensual sex with Ajayi before she said she wanted to stop and the 31-year-old had sex with her anyway. Ayoola A Ajayi, the Salt Lake City man arrested for killing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck last week, was previously accused of raping a

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In 2014, he became the suspect in a rape investigation, but the case wasn’t pursued after the woman decided not to press charges, the North Park Police Department said Friday.

Then, late last month, authorities began closing in on him as a “person of interest” in Lueck’s disappearance. Lueck, a pre-nursing student studying kinesiology at the University of Utah, was last seen June 17 when the El Segundo resident arrived at the Salt Lake City airport from visiting Los Angeles for her grandmother’s funeral.

Lueck took a Lyft to a park in North Salt Lake where authorities say she met with Ajayi. After more than a week of searching for Lueck, investigators said that her body had likely been burned.

When authorities searched Ajayi’s home, they found a freshly dug area, human tissue belonging to a woman and some of Lueck’s personal items that had been charred. Neighbors told authorities they saw him burning something using gasoline in his backyard on June 17 and 18, police said.

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

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Brown said he had spoken to Lueck 's father and could "feel the heartache and the pain and the suffering in his voice as we spoke." "And my commitment to Greg was we would do everything within our power, the Salt Lake City Police Department, to bring Mackenzie home," Brown said .

Records show that the last person Lueck communicated with using her cellphone was Ajayi, authorities said, although in an interview with detectives, the man denied having any contact with her. He also told authorities he didn’t know what Lueck looked like and hadn’t seen photos of her online, despite having at least one photo of her in his possession, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said.

Mackenzie Lueck killing investigation 'complex and very active,' authorities say© Kristin Murphy / The Deseret News

Utah construction contractor Brian Wolf said Ajayi wanted him to build a secret, soundproof room underneath his porch, with hooks mounted high on a concrete wall and a “fingerprint thumb lock.” The man said Ajayi told him in April he wanted to hide alcohol from his Mormon girlfriend.

Wolf said he declined the job and, when he saw news reports of Ajayi’s arrest, called police to report the encounter.

In the days before authorities determined Lueck had been killed, speculation about what happened to her and the motivation behind her disappearance was pervasive online. Some mocked Lueck’s disappearance and later blamed her for her death.

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Mackenzie Lueck killing: Contractor says suspect asked him to build a secret room A contractor says the man suspected of killing a University of Utah student who vanished nearly two weeks ago had asked him to build a secret soundproof room in his home. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Ayoola Ajayi, 31, was arrested Friday in connection with the disappearance of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. He's expected to be charged with her murder and several other counts including, aggravated kidnapping, police have said.

Just before police announced she had been killed, a now-former writer from Barstool Sports wrote a post that focused on Lueck’s reported use of dating apps. The writer was fired and apologized on Twitter, saying that his decision to publish was a “horrific mistake.”

Lueck’s friends Kennedy Stoner, Ashley Fine and Katie Kvam said they believe Ajayi was “hunting women” and pushed back in an interview with Fox News on those who criticized Lueck for her dating life.

“No person regardless of their gender or dating life deserves to die,” Fine told Fox News. “Mackenzie is not responsible for the death and murder of Mackenzie. There’s only one person responsible for that, and we’re here to hold him responsible and we’re going to keep holding him responsible.”

Times staff writer Alejandra Reyes-Velarde contributed to this report.

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