Salt Lake City police investigate a tip that may be connected to the disappearance of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt said Wednesday night that detectives were serving a search warrant at the home in relation to the case, but refused to provide any more details. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Utah house searched in case of missing university student

June 27, 2019 - 9:07 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police on Thursday completed their search of a Salt Lake City house as part of their effort to find a missing University of Utah student, after spending about 19 hours at the home five miles (8 kilometers) from the park where the 23-year-old woman was last seen 10 days ago.

Neighbors said that the officers took police dogs and shovels inside the home and removed undescribed items.

Salt Lake City police have said they believe the house has a connection to the disappearance of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck but have not said why.

Lueck disappeared after taking a Lyft June 17 from the airport to the park, where police say she met someone at about 3 a.m. and did not seem distressed. They have said the Lyft driver had no connection with her disappearance

The home that was searched is in a middle-class neighborhood of mostly older homes on Salt Lake City's west side.

The owner rented part of the house to short-term renters as an Airbnb home, said neighbor Tom Camomile.

Police said before the home was searched that they had not found any evidence of foul play, but were worried because she Lueck missed classes.

No arrests have been made.

Lueck's close friend, Ashley Fine, uploaded a new video Thursday morning onto the "Find Mackenzie Lueck" Facebook page saying she believes her friend is still out there. She pleaded with people to call police with any information that could help locate Lueck.

"Everyone around the country is looking for you. We're advocating for you, we're fighting for you, and we're going to bring you home safely," Fine said.


Associated Press writer Morgan Smith