Ayoola & # 39; AJ & # 39; Ajayi, 31, has been accused of killing Mackenzie Lueck and burning her body in his backyard in Salt Lake City
Ayoola & # 39; AJ & # 39; Ajayi, the man police believe that Mackenzie Lueck was murdered and then burned her body in a backyard, wrote a murder novel last year in which two of the characters have an eerie similar fate to the student at the University of Utah.
The 31-year-old former IT specialist from the army bowl author himself released the book entitled Forge Identity, which tells the story of a 15-year-old boy from Nigeria who witnesses two horrific murders in which both are killed burned alive.
Ajayi, who was born in Nigeria himself, has a Facebook page, set up a website and even offered the book for sale on Amazon, and claims to be on the front & # 39; inspired by true events & # 39 ;.
In one fragment, the protagonist witnesses a man & # 39; with a band around him on fire. His body … started to turn into a hard-dried barbecued thing.
& # 39; His skin was terribly colored. He saw his hair burn down while he screamed for help. & # 39;
The 31-year-old former IT specialist from the army bowl author himself released the book entitled Forge Identity, which tells the story of a 15-year-old boy from Nigeria who witnesses two horrific murders in which both are killed burned alive
The characters suffer a creepy fate similar to Mackenzie Lueck, who, according to police, was murdered by Ajayi and later burned in his backyard
Ajayi, who was born in Nigeria himself, has a Facebook page, set up a website and even offered the book for sale on Amazon, and claims to be on the front & # 39; inspired by true events & # 39;
Ajayi was depicted depicted by a number of armed SWAT officers outside his 1028 S West Temple house on Friday morning.
Shortly thereafter, the investigators accused him of murdering Lueck, 23, who disappeared on June 17 after taking a Lyft from the airport to a park far away from her apartment in Salt Lake.
In the following hours, Amazon removed the book from their website after a number of users had it removed because it was & # 39; written by a murder & # 39; who could not benefit from the young girl's death.
Researchers conducted a 19-hour search for an Ajayi's home in a middle class neighborhood on the west side of Salt Lake City in the early hours of Thursday, identifying him as a & # 39; person of interest & # 39 ;.
Salt Lake City police commissioner, Mike Brown, revealed in a press conference on Friday afternoon that an excavation of the property's garden & # 39; female human tissue & # 39; has burned, which was later compared by forensic experts with Lueck & # 39; s DNA.
A number of the 23-year-old's personal belongings could also be found among the charred remains.
In the following hours, Amazon removed the book from their website after a number of users had it removed because it was & # 39; written by a murder & # 39; who could not benefit from the young girl's death
Ajayi was pictured depicted in custody by a number of armed SWAT officers outside his 1028 S West Temple home on Friday morning
Shortly thereafter, the investigators accused him of Lueck's murder
According to Brown, Teresa Draheim, a neighbor of Ajayi, had warned the suspect who burned in his backyard on June 17 and 18 with gasoline, a few hours after Lueck was last seen alive.
Police confirmed that Lueck's remains and personal items were found in a & # 39; burnt area & # 39; in the backyard.
Ajayi was detained on Friday morning at 9:20 am, where he will be accused of murder, kidnapping and profanation of a corpse.
Cell phone records and social media activity turned out to be central to leading to the arrest of the 31-year-old, police said.
According to police, he met Lueck at Hatch Park in the early morning hours on June 17, assuming the couple had first made contact online, referring to an & # 39; online profile & # 39; but could not specify which site.
Lueck & # 39; s latest messages were & # 39; with the arrested & # 39 ;, said Chief Brown. The suspect and the victim's telephones both received a # 3 & 3 within the minute & # 39; pinged in Hatch Park.
According to the police, Lueck's telephone did not share any further data or location services from that moment.
Researchers conducted a 19-hour search for an Ajayi & # 39; s house in a middle class neighborhood on the west side of Salt Lake City in the early hours of Thursday, identifying him as a & # 39; person of interest & # 39;
A police officer collects evidence from the trunk of Ajayi's car
The student association member disappeared after taking a Lyft car on June 17 from the airport to a park miles away from her apartment
On Tuesday, Salt Lake City Police shared these images of Lueck after she got out of her plane at 2.09 a.m. at Salt Lake City International Airport. She returned to Utah after spending a weekend in LA to attend her grandmother's funeral
She was last seen with her hair in a bun, dressed in a white hooded sweater, black pants and sandals. She was carrying a large blue handbag, a small black backpack on her back and a brown suitcase on wheels
After Ajayi was mentioned as a person of interest in the case, he told the police that he had contacted Lueck but claimed that he did not know what she looked like and had never met her.
But several pictures of the college elders were found on his phone, including a screenshot of the unspecified & # 39; online profile & # 39 ;.
The police added that the & # 39; digital footprint & # 39; continued even after his arrest, although no further details were provided.
Mysterious activity was also spotted on Lueck & # 39; s social media on Wednesday, nine days after she was presumably murdered by Ajayi.
Friends of the then missing student saw that her personal Instagram account was following another user who & # 39; fatherless & # 39; was mentioned and reported the finding to the police.
The account that claims to be for people with & # 39; daddy issues & # 39; seems to collect highly sexual photos & memes and invite his 47,000 followers to share stories and tag friends.
Officers say they investigate the mysterious activity,
& # 39; This is a digital forensic investigation & # 39 ;, Brown said in the press conference on Friday. & # 39; This includes computers, mobile phones, IP addresses, URL & # 39; s, texting apps. & # 39;
Ajayi had been with the Army for nearly two years as an Information Technology Specialist, before leaving in June 2016, his LinkedIn said
Shocked friends of the missing student Mackenzie Lueck from the University of Utah claimed that they had seen activity on her Instagram on Wednesday. The police confirmed that she was murdered on 17 June
They noticed that her personal Instagram account had a page with the name & # 39; fatherless & # 39; around noon.
Chief Brown described the moment when he informed Lueck & # 39; s family that her remains were found to be the & # 39; most difficult phone call I ever had to make & # 39 ;.
He described the victim's family as & # 39; deeply sad and devastated & # 39 ;, and passed on their thanks to members of the Salt Lake City police and members of the public who helped in their search for MacKenzie.
& # 39; We will continue to look at this situation to see if [Ajayi] has had any help, or whether he has acted alone, & # 39; Brown concluded.
Less than an hour before his arrest, local contractor Brian Wolf revealed to Fox News that Ajayi invited him in April and asked him for a & # 39; soundproof & # 39; room to build in the basement of his house with hooks on the wall.
Ajayi first suggested that Wolf create a & # 39; secret door & # 39; would build to a space of about four by nine feet, the contractor told Fox News.
But Wolf says that Ajayi & # 39; gradually started stepping into more stuff, such as a thumb lock on it with a fingerprint lock and isolating the sound, and hooking the concrete – it was just weird what he asked me. & # 39 ;
Ajayi insisted on an explanation and said he wanted a secret alcohol room to hide it from his Mormon girlfriend, and soundproof so that he could sit inside and listen to music, Wolf said.
& # 39; He just said his girlfriend was coming to town and had to do it before she got there because she was a Mormon girl. He said she was white, & said Wolf.
Wolf said he & # 39; weird & # 39; was off work and told the man that he was too busy to carry out the project.
He currently works at Dell as a Senior Technical Support Analyst for the past 10 months
The police are digging in the backyard of a house in the Fairpark neighborhood in Salt Lake City in search of the missing student Mackenzie Lueck. They found charred human tissue from Lueck
Ajayi had been with the military for nearly two years as an Information Technology Specialist, before leaving in June 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He currently works at Dell as a Senior Technical Support Analyst for the past 10 months
Ajayi was born in Nigeria and seems to have briefly researched a modeling career, according to a profile on ModelMangement.com.
Listing his height as 1.6 meters, Ajayi describes himself as & # 39; long, polished, funny & # 39; and & # 39; a victim, romantic, violent, and character actor [sic] & # 39 ;.
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