Salt Lake Metropolis Police Chief Mike Brown mentioned in a information convention that he was “relieved and grief-stricken” to report that Lueck’s physique was recovered Wednesday in Logan Canyon, about 90 miles north of Salt Lake Metropolis. Investigators have been subsequently capable of forensically verify it was Lueck, Brown mentioned.
The 23-year-old was final seen within the early morning hours of June 17 when she was dropped off at a park in North Salt Lake Metropolis. There, police have mentioned, she met one other particular person and vanished.
Police mentioned at the moment they’d searched Ajayi’s residence and property. Neighbors advised police they noticed Ajayi utilizing gasoline to burn one thing in his yard on June 17 and 18, Brown mentioned final week.
A subsequent search of the burn space yielded “a number of charred objects that have been in step with private objects of Mackenzie Lueck,” Brown mentioned.
Police additionally found charred materials that was decided to be feminine human tissue in step with Lueck’s DNA profile, he mentioned.
The investigation, Gill harassed, stays ongoing.
A suspect would usually solely be allowed to be held in custody for 72 hours earlier than expenses are filed or they should be launched. Due to the extension, Gill advised CNN, his workplace has till Wednesday at 5 p.m. native time.
The Salt Lake Authorized Defender Affiliation mentioned in an announcement despatched to CNN it had been appointed to signify Ajayi, and harassed that he’s presumed harmless till confirmed responsible.
“The information on this matter shall be established sooner or later by means of the processes of the legal justice system,” the assertion mentioned.
CNN’s Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this report.