This is not the news we were hoping to hear.
Multiple outlets are reporting that the body of missing college student has been found and that the suspect has been charged in her death.
“Salt Lake City police chief Mike Brown said 31-year-old Ayoola A. Ajayi will be charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck.”
“Police say Ajayi met Lueck at a park where she was last seen after taking a Lyft from the airport at 3 a.m.
Ajayi was taken into custody on Thursday after a search of his property produced multiple items of evidence.
“Brown says burned evidence, including Lueck's things and her remains, was found at his home. The home was searched on Wednesday and Thursday and Ajayi was the man previously identified as a person of interest.”
Mackenzie’s family last heard from her around 1:00 am on June 17th when she texted her mother from the Salt Lake City International Airport to tell her she had arrived safely.
Airport surveillance video reveals the last known images of the college student before she disappeared.
Mackenzie left the airport, getting into a Lyft vehicle that reportedly drove her to a park in another part of town. There she met another, unnamed, person.
"Mackenzie was met at Hatch Park by an individual in a vehicle," Salt Lake City Police Assistant Chief Tim Doubt told reporters Monday.
"The Lyft driver left Mackenzie at the park with that person and stated that Mackenzie did not appear to be in any type of distress."
No one has seen or heard from her since.
Mackenzie was scheduled for a flight on June 23rd, which she missed. She also missed classes and final exams at the University of Utah where she is a nursing student.
Sorority sister Ashley Fine told CNN, "She's extremely dedicated. She would never miss her midterms or anything like that.”
Police were led to the suspect’s home after neighbors reported that he had been burning something in his backyard and a strong odor of gas was coming from the location.
“Investigators were also looking for a mattress and box spring that were given away from the Fairpark home last week, Brown said.
“He asked that whoever took them contact the Salt Lake City Police Department.”
Please join us in praying for Mackenzie's grieving family in the wake of this horrific news. May she rest in peace.