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The Body Of Missing Utah College Student Mackenzie Lueck Has Been Found

Ayoola Ajayi, 31, had been taken into custody last week and charged with Lueck's killing.

Posted on July 5, 2019, at 3:18 p.m. ET

Salt Lake City Police / Via Twitter: @slcpd

Salt Lake City police announced Friday that they have located and identified the body of 23-year-old college student Mackenzie Lueck, who went missing in June.

"I am relieved, and grief-stricken, to report we have recovered Mackenzie Lueck from Logan Canyon" nearly 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, Police Chief Mike Brown said at a news briefing.

Her body was recovered Wednesday, Brown said, and was identified shortly afterward by forensic investigators.

A University of Utah student, Lueck was last seen June 17, when she was dropped off at a park in North Salt Lake City at 2 a.m. by a Lyft driver after landing at the airport on a flight from Los Angeles.

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office via AP

Ayoola Ajayi, 31, was taken into custody last week in connection with the case, charged with suspicion of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, desecration of a body, and obstruction of justice.

He is reportedly the last person who contacted Lueck by phone the night she died. Her cellphone stopped communicating at 3 a.m. after she contacted Ajayi.

Investigators have not revealed the nature of the communication between Ajayi and Lueck or what led them to locate her body.

In Ajayi's backyard, investigators found burned remnants of items that belonged to Lueck.

A self-published book written by Ajayi, in which two characters are burned to death, was removed from Amazon earlier this week.

Brown credited Ajayi's neighbors with notifying them of the fire in his backyard, and called for the community to support the Lueck family.

The case remains an open investigation, according to Salt Lake City District Attorney Sim Gill, with more charges perhaps due to be filed next week.

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