Found Deceased UT - MacKenzie "Kenzie" Lueck, 23, Salt Lake City, 17 June 2019 #14 *ARREST*

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  1. Seattle1

    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy

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    • Police say they recovered the body of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck near Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday
    • Her body was found in Logan Canyon - about 85 miles north of the city
    • Police arrested Ayoola A. Ajayi, 31, last week over Lueck's disappearance
    • Investigators had earlier found 'female human tissue' that matched Lueck's DNA in the backyard of Ajayi's Salt Lake City home
    • They also found charred items that are believed to have been Lueck's personal belongings
    • Lueck disappeared on June 17 after she returned from California for her grandmother's funeral
    • Police said she took a Lyft from the airport to a park to meet someone in the early hours of the morning
    Body of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck is found | Daily Mail Online

    ETA:

    Every other report cites discovery of "female human tissue" and "charred items" believed to be ML's personal belonging located in AA's back yard (versus charred remains).

    I'm hoping investigators located a more or less intact body in the canyon.

    MOO
     
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  2. MsBetsy

    MsBetsy Well-Known Member

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    Did they ever say they had the mattress? I thought they said they were no longer looking but I don't know if that meant they found it or not.
     
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  3. ilovechili

    ilovechili Where is the wiKKed witch? Will Oct. bring her?

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    I know you didn't say it.

    I wouldn't worry about it, it sounds like a few people have been able to find both things online, what you said, and what someone else said.

    Jmo.
     
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  4. oviedo

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    @MsBetsy yep they have it
     
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  5. Inthedetails

    Inthedetails Well-Known Member

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    I honestly don't think he was after her specifically - another victim would've worked for him, imo. That's just a theory, of course, not a known fact.

    jmo
     
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  6. PommyMommy

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    Approx/within 50 feet, IIRC. MOO
     
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  7. PatLaurel

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    I know WP is not accurate... i will try to use wayback machine (as someone suggested) and see if it's possible to check when the address was updated or uploaded.
     
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  8. Elley Mae

    Elley Mae The enemy is here. beware

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    No, I’m losing my mind. I thought ppl were thinking he tried burning it. Sorry.
     
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  9. PommyMommy

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    No worries, we're all mad here. :D
     
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  10. Roadette

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    I just saw the news. My heart is so sad that they have finally confirmed definitively what we already knew.

    My heart goes out to Kenzie’s friends and family, again, but I’m relieved they can finally bring her home. And he will rot in prison for a very long time.
     
  11. SoCalGirl

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    Do we know what time the neighbors said he started the fire on June 17? They reported he had two fires on the 17th and 18th, and I thought it was morning, but I'm not sure what time.
     
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    How far away is Logan Canyon from his house?
     
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  13. Seattle1

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    Much about the backyard fires were by local network video news clips, and difficult if not impossible to locate but I do recall at least one reported as a morning fire according to a neighbor witness. It was also clear that these were two separate days of fire, and not one long burning fire.

    MOO
     
  14. wary

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    Utah does not have the typical 1st degree, 2nd degree murder charges.

    The charges are only murder, or aggravated murder, and the latter has the possibility of the death penalty.

    Now, if they can prove murder, aggravated murder is going to be incredibly easy to prove—even if he did not burn or dismember her, he definitely threw her body out in a way that qualifies as “desecration of a corpse,” which is one thing that turns murder into aggravated murder.

    As for murder—we don’t know what LE has. But, I think you’re right—Utah has a ‘felony murder’ law—so, if she died in the course of a kidnapping, or possibly even if the course of a drug overdose from drugs he supplied to her—that’s murder. Now that they’ve found her body, they may even have her cause of death—which I suspect is more violent than a drug overdose.

    If this goes to trial, I’d bet anything that his lawyer would not want him to take the stand. The lawyer would, however, try to fantasize some sort of story to explain what happened, and would try to present it to the jury. I’d hope that the jury would have the common sense to not believe a lawyer’s fantasy, based on no evidence at all.

    Edited to add an afterthought: Utah allows for homicides that are not murder at all—I was just trying to look at the possibilities that involved murder.
     
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    I just had a horrible thought, what if he gave her a hysterectomy of sorts to remove his DNA from her? That would be tissue without bone to burn and may not have burned completely.
     
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  16. PommyMommy

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    About 82 miles Google Maps
     
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  17. wary

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    Google tells me that Logan Canyon is 77 miles from North Salt Lake. Give or take a few miles—I’d heard 80 miles, earlier.
     
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    Are they able to still do toxicology tests on a body that has been exposed to the elements for several weeks?
     
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    Utah also has negligent homicide (essentially 3rd degree murder in other states). In mose states 2nd degree murder is manslaughter.

    Utah has manslaughter.

    So yes, Utah does have lesser charges if in fact she killed herself and he panicked. He would not then be reasonably charged with first degree or aggravated murder.

    Manslaughter and negligent homicide still exist in Utah.

    https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title76/Chapter5/76-5-P2.html
     
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  20. Inthedetails

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    I'd really like to pin down the time of the fire on the 18th.

    I'm wondering if it went like this (speculation):

    June 17
    3am meets ML
    murders ML
    fire in the morning to burn some evidence (perhaps body and/or parts)
    takes body/parts to Logan Canyon and dumps there
    drives back home, sleeps for the night

    June 18
    second fire to burn whatever evidence he still had

    jmopinion at the moment
     
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