The Salt Lake City police investigate the dating of the student days of Mackenzie Lueck after she disappeared without a trace on June 17
Police are investigating the dating apps of a University of Utah student who disappeared last week after taking a Lyft ride from the airport – while she released surveillance footage of her an hour before she disappeared.
Mackenzie Lueck, 23, was last seen on June 17 after she landed at Salt Lake City International Airport around 2 am, after spending the weekend with her family in El Segundo, California for her grandmother's funeral.
On Tuesday, the Salt Lake City police shared images of her at the airport and pulled out her luggage with Lueck with her hair in a bun with 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.
During a press conference on police updates on Tuesday, Assistant Police Commissioner Tim Doubt said they are looking for her social media and dating profiles.
The friends of Lueck have come forward to say that she goes out casually with some people and that they are interested in older men. The police did not state whether she had spoken to someone she was dating.
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
The police are intensively searching for clues in Hatch Park in North Salt Lake. Hatch Park is where Lueck was dropped off by the Lyft driver. Then, according to the authorities, she got into another vehicle with a mysterious companion
& # 39; With regard to her online activities, we are aware of this aspect and we continue to look for leads to her disappearance in all facets of her life & # 39 ;, Doubt said.
She ordered a Lyft ride from the airport to Hatch Park in Salt Lake, at 2.40 p.m. Her driver said he saw her jump into a different car just before 3 o'clock in the morning – but policemen don't know for sure if it was a man or a woman.
The Lyft pilot was cleared out when she disappeared.
The park where she was left by the Lyft driver is eight miles from her apartment. The police said she didn't seem sad when she met the person.
Cops say they were unable to verify the make of the vehicle or the stranger they met in the park.
& # 39; The description we have is vague. It could have been a man or a woman, & Doubt said. & # 39; We have exhausted all options to determine this information and ask that person to call us. & # 39;
& # 39; We see no evidence that she left the job earlier & # 39 ;, Doubt said Tuesday. & # 39; This behavior is not characteristic. & # 39;
Her friends say that Lueck, a senior nursing student at the University of Utah who will graduate in 2019, would never interrupt her friends' communications or miss interim exams, a wedding, or a flight back to LA this week.
& # 39; Regarding her online activities, we are aware of this aspect and we continue to look in all facets of her life for leads to her disappearance & # 39 ;, said Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt during a press conference Tuesday
Cops said they were researching her dating profiles after Lueck's friends said she was casually dating and interested in older men
The police say that she has received more than 125 tips regarding her case and that there is no question of cheating her disappearance.
& # 39; Mackenzie, if you just want to stay alone, please let us know that you are safe, & # 39; said Doubt during the press conference.
On Tuesday, police revealed that Lueck had encountered Salt Lake City police several times, but her disappearance does not seem to be related to these incidents.
She was fined in 2015, met with the police in connection with an attack in 2018 and claimed lost property earlier this year. Doubt did not state whether she was a witness or victim in that attack, but said that all her previous cases were closed.
& # 39; I honestly am just as confused as everyone else, & # 39; said Kennedy Stoner, Lueck's fellow student Fox. & # 39; I don't know why she would meet someone so late, especially in a park, just for … I don't know where she was going. I don't know anyone who lives in North Salt Lake. So I'm just so confused. I do not understand. & # 39;
She says that Lueck is not traveling alone and may have been struck by the death of her grandmother after she returned to Utah from the funeral.
On June 17, she ordered a Lyft ride from the airport to Hatch Park in Salt Lake at 2.40 p.m. Her driver said he saw her jump into a different car just before 3 o'clock in the morning – but police don't know for sure if it was a man or a woman
& # 39; I honestly am just as confused as the rest, & # 39; Lueck & # 39; s student club Kennedy Stoner said to Fox. & # 39; I don't know why she would meet someone so late, especially in a park, just for … I don't know where she was going. I don't know anyone who lives in North Salt Lake & # 39;
& # 39; She doesn't travel often, but when she travels, it is usually to return home to El Segundo. But recently, since it was such a tragic time during the last weekend of her grandmother's funeral, I have only been concerned and concerned about her well-being, & # 39; Stoner said.
& # 39; I know (the funeral) was a very traumatic event for her & # 39 ;, Stoner added. & # 39; She was close to her grandmother. She is close to her entire family. And so I had sent an SMS with her that weekend, just letting her know that I was there for her and if I could do something. But then I heard nothing. & # 39;
The police say they want to know if Lueck had secret social media or dating profiles or a second phone.
& # 39; As far as I know I have never heard of it. I don't know about another phone, & Stoner said.
Lueck is a part-time student in her final year with the main subject kinesiology and pre-nursing. She has been a student at the university since 2014 and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Anyone with information that may be useful for the investigation can contact the Salt Lake City Police at (801) 799-3000.
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