CASPER, Wyo. — Police in Salt Lake City Utah say that a man has been arrested and recommended for charges including Aggravated Murder, in the case of a Salt Lake City woman who was reported missing earlier this month.
Salt Lake City Police chief Mike Brown says that 31-year-old Ayoola Adisa Ajayi has been booked into a local jail on charges of Aggravated Murder, Aggravated Kidnapping, Obstruction of Justice, and Desecration of a Body.
The announcement of of the arrest was coupled with the announcement that burned items associated with the missing woman, as well as female human tissue was found on the suspect’s property.
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MacKenzie Lueck had been visiting family in California, and returned to Salt Lake City via airplane, at approximately 1:35 am, June 17. Lueck is said to have texted family members at approximately 2:00 am, that morning.
During a press conference Friday morning, SLCPD Chief Brown said that Lueck used a ride sharing service to travel to the Hatch Park area of North Salt Lake City. Brown said that investigators believe that Lueck was dropped off and met with another individual in the park, at approximately 3:00 am.
Lueck was then said to have left the area with the individual.
Brown also added that all social media and telephone activity associated with Lueck ceased at 3:00 am, June 17, as well.
During the press conference, it was said that the suspect admitted to having a text conversation with Lueck the day before, but said that the had not had contact with her on June 27th. Brown also said that the suspect claimed to not know Lueck or what she looked like.
Brown then indicated that the suspect had pictures of Lueck, and that the last person that Lueck had contacted was the suspect. It was also reported that phone records showed the suspect in the area at the time of Lueck’s disappearance.
A search warrant was served at a private Salt Lake City home associated with Ayoola Adisa Ajayi, on June 26. During the execution of that warrant, Brown said that neighbors told police that the Ajayi had been seen in the yard burning something on the dates of June 17 and June 18th.
Police announced the discovery of a fresh dig site, near where the burning was said to have taken place. Brown told reporters that after forensic excavation of the area, charred items consistent with items associated with Lueck were found.
Brown also said that female human tissue was found.
Ajayi was taken into custody at approximately 9:20 am, June 28th.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the relevant District Attorney’s Office.