Utah police arrested Ayoola Ajayi as a suspect in the murder of young student MacKenzie Lueck, whose mutilated corpse was found in the yard of the 31-year-old man's home.
During a press conference after the arrest, the Salt Lake City Police Chief reported that the girl's cremated remains had been found, according to DNA evidence, buried in Ayayi's yard, in addition to some of MacKenzie's personal belongings.
The suspect in the crime is a retired military man who worked as an IT specialist for the US military. His wife Tenisha Jenkins Ajayi, 35, said he had left him four years ago for domestic violence, and told Daily Mail that the former military man had cut her with a knife, among other acts of abuse, and was willing to testify at cut about how "aggressive and controlling" he was.
A neighbor of the suspect reported to police that he had seen Ajayi burn something in his garden on June 17, hours after the last time MacKenzie was seen alive. The man faces charges of murder, kidnapping and desecration of a corpse.
MacKenzie Lueck, 23, went missing after riding in a Lyft car she ordered at the Salt Lake City Utah airport more than a week ago. The young woman was returning from California, where she had traveled to attend her grandmother's funeral. The student was last seen on June 17, when, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department, she asked for a Lyft car to return to her home in Utah.
The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper reports that Lueck texted his parents around 1 am to let them know that their plane had landed on time. Lyft's driver informed authorities that he had left the young woman at the location she had put on the app, in a park near the suspect's home. It is unknown why the young woman asked to be dropped off at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake, since she lives far from this location.
According to the police, Ajayi was the last person Lueck communicated with using his cell phone. The man said he had no contact with the young woman, but a photo of her in Ajayi's possession was found. It was not reported what the possible motive for the murder was or how they knew each other. The investigation is still ongoing. Unfortunately, after that text message that Lueck sent to her parents at dawn from the airport, her family never saw her alive again. Rest in peace.
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