MACKENZIE LUECK HOMICIDE

Neighbor: ‘I Would Be Shocked If He Was Involved’

Jun 27, 2019, 5:01 PM | Updated: 9:20 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Residents in the Fairpark neighborhood where police executed a search warrant in connection with the disappearance of college student Mackenzie Lueck.

There were nothing but questions from neighbors, as detectives from the Salt Lake City Police Department served the warrant at a home near 550 North and 1000 West on Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.

“This is so unbelievable,” said Teresa Cook, who lives across the street.

Authorities said the search warrant is connected to the disappearance of Mackenzie Lueck who has been missing for 11 days.

Police Chief Mike Brown announced Thursday that the homeowner is a person of interest.

“I’ve had many conversations with him in the past and he’s very friendly, very cordial and very private,” said a neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified.

Neighbors said the homeowner has lived there less than two years. He rents out part of his home on Airbnb.

“We’re just used to seeing people come and go,” Cook said. “It’s gotten to the point that we don’t even notice it anymore.”

“I would be shocked if my neighbor was involved in it in any shape or form,” the other neighbor who didn’t want to be identified said. “I really would.”

Other neighbors described the homeowner as a man who kept to himself.

Overnight, the Chopper 5 captured exclusive video of detectives in the backyard with shovels in hand, digging holes. Other investigators were seen carrying bags of evidence from the home.

The home is about five miles, or a seven minute drive, from Hatch Park in North Salt Lake – the same place where police said Lueck’s lyft driver dropped her off on June 17.

“We’re just hoping it’s not related to the missing gal at all,” the neighbor said of the search warrant and investigation at the home. “(We hope) that she’s alive and well somewhere.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Mackenzie Lueck Homicide

SWAT officers take 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi into custody on suspicion of the murder of 23-year-old ...

Brittany Glas & Jared Turner

Call between police, Ajayi before arrest released to KSL Investigators

A nearly 10-minute phone call between police and the suspect in the disappearance of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was among the hundreds of photos, videos and documents released by the Salt Lake City Police Department.

4 years ago

...

Brittany Glas & Jared Turner, KSL TV

Police Release New Photos, Info In Mackenzie Lueck Murder Case

More than 18 months after University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was abducted and murdered, we have new insight into the police investigation.

4 years ago

...

Jed Boal & Brittany Glas, KSL TV

Ayoola Ajayi Sentenced To Life For Murder Of Mackenzie Lueck

The man who pleaded guilty to the murder of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was sentence Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

4 years ago

Salt Lake police arrest Ayoola Adisa Ajayi, 31, at an apartment complex at 1028 S. West Temple on F...

Brittany Glas & Jared Turner

Expert theorizes Ayoola Ajayi was becoming a serial killer

The KSL Investigators sat down with a retired FBI special agent who said he believes the man who pleaded guilty to the murder of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck was on his way to becoming a career killer.

4 years ago

Ayoola Ajayi, age 32, appears in court on  Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to plead guilty in the kidnap...

Jared Turner & Andrew Adams, KSL TV

Ayoola Ajayi Pleads Guilty To Murder Of Mackenzie Lueck

Ayoola Ajayi plead guilty to murdering University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck in June 2019. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

4 years ago

Salt Lake police arrest Ayoola Adisa Ajayi, 31, at an apartment complex at 1028 S. West Temple on F...

LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

Ayoola Ajayi Pleads Not Guilty In Child Porn Case

A tech worker accused of killing a Utah college student has pleaded not guilty to 19 felony counts linked to child pornography allegedly found on his computer.

4 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Neighbor: ‘I Would Be Shocked If He Was Involved’