Search For Missing Utah Student Reveals Grim Clues Amid Startling Lifestyle Allegations; Police Zero In On 'Person Of Interest'

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June 27, 2019

It's been nearly two weeks since 23-year-old University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck vanished without a trace. Since then, puzzling clues and startling lifestyle revelations have come to the fore.

Now, police have reportedly zeroed in on a 'person of interest' after a search of his home revealed important evidence in the June 17th disappearance.

Luck had just returned from a trip to California from her grandmother’s funeral when she phoned her mother from the airport to tell her she had arrived safely.

From there, Lueck took a Lyft ride and there are reports that when she got out of the ride-sharing vehicle, she got into a second, unknown car.

The investigation into MacKenzie's life has revealed some startling allegations: that she was working as a ‘Sugar Baby’ - someone who dates older men for money.

This report has not been confirmed, but it has led police in the direction that resulted in today’s search of a man’s home.

Mackenzie’s parents reported her missing on June 20th after she failed to show up for class or work. She also missed a mid-term exam at school.

According to Lueck's family, she also planned to fly from Salt Lake to Los Angeles at some point on June 23.

“The owner of the residence where we served the warrant last night is a person of interest," Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said at a press conference Thursday.

"He added that no arrests have been made in what he says is still a missing person’s case.

"The homeowner, according to a detective that spoke to Fox News, will not be identified until police make an arrest."

Police began focusing on this particular residence after neighbors reported that the homeowner had been burning something that had a “strong stench.”

During the night, police arrived at the location with a search warrant and were seen carrying shovels into the backyard of the home. No details have been released on what, if anything, they unearthed.

Police are also asking for the public’s help in locating an item missing from the person of interest’s home.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown also said that "there was a mattress and a box spring that were given away" from the residence last week, and asked for the people who had taken the items to come forward and turn them in to investigators.

"He also said that multiple items of evidence were removed from the house by investigators."

Investigators believe the mattress could contain clues that might provide valuable insight into what happened to the 23-year-old.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates as they become available. 

 

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