Police have raided a Salt Lake City home believed to be connected to the disappearance of missing college student Mackenzie Lueck.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lueck, a 23-year-old student at the University of Utah, has not been seen since the early morning hours of June 17, after she arrived to the Salt Lake City airport from LAX. The El Segundo, California, native reportedly texted her mother at around 2 a.m. to say she had arrived safely.
At a press conference earlier this week, Assistant Chief Tim Doubt of Salt Lake City Police Department said that Lueck got into a Lyft at 2:42 a.m from the airport, and was dropped off at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake just before 3 a.m.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that police raided a Salt Lake City home on Wednesday, where they set up a mobile command center and towed a car from the property. Doubt said at a news conference Wednesday night that investigators were expected to remain at the residence collecting evidence for several hours.
“Obviously we are treating this with a high degree of care,” Doubt said. “Given the nature of this case, we just don’t want to make a mistake.”
Neighbors told the Salt Lake Tribune that the homeowner, who has not yet been identified, rented part of the property through Airbnb. And some said they recently saw and smelled him burning something in his yard.
KUTV reports that they located the social media pages of the homeowner, and that he appears to be a University of Utah graduate. He also reportedly served in the United States army and currently works as a model.
Police have not named a suspect or made an arrest at this time, but Doubt reportedly said at the news conference that the homeowner was the “nexus” of the investigation.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates as more information becomes available.