Published: Wed, June 26, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Utah college student goes missing after grandmother's funeral

Utah college student goes missing after grandmother's funeral

Undated photos of Mackenzie Lueck.

Friends and relatives say they are extremely anxious about Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student who hasn't been seen since the early hours of Monday, June 17. She then took a ride-share service to her home in North Salt Lake.

After three days of not hearing from their daughter, on June 20 her parents reported her missing, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Chief Tim Doubt, Salt Lake City Police, said Lueck took a Lyft to Hatch Park in North Salt Lake after landing in Salt Lake City International Airport around 2 a.m. Monday the 17th and arrived at the park at about 3 a.m.

The police have not discovered anything at this point that would lead them to believe Lueck is in danger, Salt Lake City Police Sargeant Brandon Shearer told ABC News.

Lueck's parents reported her missing Thursday.

"Detectives have spoken with the Lyft driver and learned that Mackenzie was met at Hatch Park by an individual in a vehicle", Doubt said. Lueck's friends held an event at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on June 22 to put up posters in an attempt to find her, ABC 4 reported.

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Police have cleared the Lyft driver as a potential suspect.

The 23-year-old has missed a mid-term exam at university and flight to Los Angeles in the week that she has been missing, and her phone remains switched off.

"The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigations", Lyft said in the statement, according to the broadcaster. Nonetheless, "Detectives are concerned for Mackenzie's welfare", the statement said. There was no word on whether the driver saw her get into the vehicle.

Since Lueck's disappearance, her friends and sorority sisters have posted missing person fliers on light posts while asking residents if they saw anything suspicious, KSTU notes. He explained, "We don't have anyone searching any particular area right now because we don't have any credible evidence of where she might be".

"Kenzie, if you can hear this, we are all anxious and looking out for you 24/7, we are not able to sleep", Stoner said.

"Lueck is approximately 5'6" tall and weighs 120 pounds. "We just want to make sure you are safe and we will respect your wishes".

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