Last known photos of missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck released as police implore the public for valid tips

Story contributed by Kim Leigh Martin, Co-founder and President of 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Missing Pieces Network.

Salt Lake City PD held another press conference Tuesday afternoon to give an update on the case of missing University of Utah student, Mackenzie Lueck. 

Still photos released by police showed 23-year-old Mackenzie at the Salt Lake City International Airport after she deplaned a flight from LAX at 2:09 a.m. on June 17, 2019.

Over the next 32 minutes, Mackenzie is seen on surveillance video walking down the jetway and picking up a brown rolling suitcase from baggage claim. In the photos, Mackenzie appeared to be dressed comfortably, wearing loose-fitting black yoga pants, with a white hooded open-front cardigan and sandals.

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Mackenzie’s friend, Ashley Fine, confirmed to CrimeOnline that Mackenzie was wearing a white t-shirt with a peace sign underneath the cardigan.

The U of U student was carrying a small black backpack and a large blue satchel. Her hair was pulled back into a messy bun and it appeared she wore no makeup.

As previously reported, Mackenzie left the airport in a Lyft at 2:42 a.m., arriving at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake at 2:59 a.m. on June 17.

[Photo: Salt Lake PD]

“At this time we cannot confirm the make and model of the vehicle that picked up Mackenzie or the description of the person at Hatch Park on June 17th. The description we have is vague,” Assistant Chief Tim Doubt of Salt Lake City Police Department previously said.  “It could have been a male or a female. We have exhausted all avenues of determining that information and want to ask this person to please call us.”

Amid speculation that Mackenzie may have met up with someone at Hatch Park for a date, her friend Ashley Fine told CrimeOnline, “She doesn’t look like how I have seen her look before she goes on dates.” 

Assistant Chief Doubt has spoken with family and friends who confirm that Mackenzie has never “gone off the grid before.”

[Photo: Salt Lake PD]

Ashley Fine described Kenzie as “extremely motivated and hard working.” She added that Kenzie is a women’s and animal rights advocate and hopes to work in the medical field when she graduates next year.

SLCPD continues to ask for the public help answering the following questions:

1. Does she have an alternate phone?

2. Who did she meet at Hatch Park?

3. Does she have any other social media accounts that we don’t know about?

4. Has she been in contact either online or by phone with anyone over the last week?

Doubt refused to comment when questioned about circulating rumors of Mackenzie’s various social media accounts and dating profiles, but acknowledged that he had heard the rumors. He emphasized that many warrants have been served for information on all of Mackenzie’s known devices and accounts.

After the first press conference, CrimeOnline uncovered an online dating profile for Mackenzie that shows the last activity on June 16, 2019. There is no way to tell what time the account was utilized, but we found it important enough that we contacted the lead detective handling Mackenzie’s case on June 24. He asked that we email him any information and screenshots from the account.

Family spokesperson, Juliana Cauley, responded to the rumors.

“If it is true or isn’t true, the family and I really do not care. We just want her home safe. We don’t care about the past. We don’t care what she’s gotten into or what has happened. We just want her home.”

No further press conferences are expected in the case until SLCPD has significant information to share, or there is a break in the case. 

A dedicated tip line has been set up by SLCPD for Mackenzie. Anyone with information is urged to call 801-799-4420 and reference case 19-11129

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[Feature Photo: Mackenzie Lueck/Handout]