A person was taken into custody in Utah Friday in connection with the disappearance of a 23-year-old college student from El Segundo.
Salt Lake City police were expected to give details of the arrest during a mid-morning news conference.
Mackenzie Lueck was reported missing June 17 when she arrived in Utah after spending time in the Los Angeles area for her grandmother’s funeral. She texted her parents that she had landed safely and was last seen about 3 a.m. by a Lyft driver who dropped her off at a park in North Salt Lake City, where police said she got into another vehicle. Authorities did not have a description of that vehicle or its driver. Surveillance cameras at the park were not working.
Police descended on a Salt Lake City apartment complex Friday morning and two people were seen being taken into custody. Salt Lake City police announced around 9 a.m. California time that one person had been taken into custody “regarding the Mackenzie Lueck case.”
On Wednesday night, police served a search warrant on a separate home and removed bags of evidence, including ammunition and a pitchfork. Police Chief Mike Brown said Thursday a man who owns the residence was regarded by investigators as a “person of interest” in the case, and he has been interviewed by detectives, but has not been arrested.
Brown also said investigators learned that a mattress and box spring were “given away” from the residence recently, and detectives urged whoever received the items to contact authorities.
Lueck is a pre-nursing student and senior at the University of Utah, majoring in kinesiology, according to a school spokesman.
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