There’s been a major development in the mystifying case of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck who vanished on June 17th after returning from California for her grandmother’s funeral.
Police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with her disappearance after a search of the man’s home produced "multiple items of evidence," according to Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown.
Investigators declined to identify the person.
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.
"And my commitment to Greg was we would do everything within our power, the Salt Lake City Police Department, to bring Mackenzie home," Brown said. "And that is our charge and that we are committed to do."