Friends send video message to missing U of U student MacKenzie Lueck

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Messages to Mackenzie — Michelle GalisonIf you are a friend or family member of MacKenzie and would like to submit a message, please contact us.

Posted by Find MacKenzie Lueck on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 26, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Friends of missing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck posted a video to Facebook Wednesday morning pleading with her to reach out if she can.

A friend named Michelle Galison said the following:

“You’re a human being, and you’re gone, and we all miss you, and I hope you’re OK. Even if you’re laughing on a couch somewhere about this, I hope that you at least tell somebody that you’re OK, and if you’re not, know that we are looking for you, and we miss you, and I miss you a lot. If anyone has any information regarding MacKenzie’s whereabouts, please contact the police.”

The video, which was accompanied by the hashtag #FindMacKenzie, also added that anyone who is a friend or family member of MacKenzie and would like to submit a message should contact her friends via the Facebook page. As of Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. the message, which was posted at 8 a.m. had been viewed more than 2,700 times.

Lueck’s family also issued a statement Monday: “Our primary goal is to find MacKenzie and bring her home. Her family is grateful for the concern, prayers and the tireless efforts of the Salt Lake City Police and members of the community.”

Lueck, 23, who goes by Kenzie, disappeared after attending a funeral in California then flying back to Salt Lake City in the early hours of Monday morning, June 17. Her parents reported her missing Thursday, June 20, at approximately 4 p.m. Lueck is a senior at the U of U and lives in Salt Lake City.

At a press conference Monday, SLCPD assistant police chief Tim Doubt revealed Lueck was dropped off by a Lyft driver at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake at about 3 a.m. Monday, and was “met by an individual in a vehicle.”

“The Lyft driver left MacKenzie at the park with that person and stated that MacKenzie did not appear to be in any type of distress,” Doubt said.

At the press conference Monday afternoon, Doubt offered this timeline on Lueck’s movements after she arrived back in Salt Lake City.

  • 1:35 a.m.: Lueck’s plane arrives at Salt Lake City International Airport
  • 2:01 a.m.: Lueck texts her mother to say she’s arrived in Salt Lake City
  • 2:42 a.m.: She takes a Lyft from the airport to Hatch Park, which is located at 50 W. Center St. in North Salt Lake
  • 2:59 a.m. She arrives at Hatch Park

“Detectives have spoken with the Lyft driver and learned that MacKenzie was met at Hatch Park by an individual in a vehicle,” Doubt added. “The Lyft driver left MacKenzie at the park with that person and stated that MacKenzie did not appear to be in any type of distress.”

Doubt said the make and model of the car that she was dropped at has not yet been confirmed, and at this time there is no description available of the driver. Doubt said further details may be released once “we have verified that information.”

Doubt added that since then, family and friends have not heard from Lueck and she missed a midterm exam and a flight back to California. She was scheduled to fly into Los Angeles International Airport Sunday morning, June 23. Los Angeles police officers met that flight and Lueck was not on it, Doubt said.

“At this time, there is no evidence that any harm has come to her, however because of the circumstances of the case, we want to make sure that she is alright,” Doubt said.

He said that since being reported missing, detectives have attempted to locate her through her phone, which is turned off.

Doubt said that officials have no evidence at this point that foul play was involved at this stage.

“Detectives have been working round the clock on this case and finding MacKenzie is of very high priority for us,” Doubt said. “A signification portion of our department has been assigned to work the case and we have been in contact with our federal, state and local partners.”

He also directed a specific plea to Lueck herself:

“Occasionally, the police work a missing person’s case where the person does not want to have contact with family or friends,” Doubt added. “If that is the case, MacKenzie, we are asking you to please reach out to the either Salt Lake City Police Department or a law enforcement agency where you are at. We just want to make sure you are safe and we will respect your wishes.”

He said some questions that police are trying to find answers to are:

  • Who was the person MacKenzie met in the park?
  • Does MacKenzie have an alternate phone that she has used or is using presently?
  • Has MacKenzie spoken to anyone since she went missing?
  • Does MacKenzie have any other social media accounts police don’t know about?

Doubt then answered reporters questions, including clarifying that while the Lyft driver reported that Lueck did make contact with the person in the car, it has not been confirmed that she actually got in the car. He said officials have no reason to doubt the Lyft driver’s story. He took calls immediately after he dropped her off.

He added that he could not elaborate on the gap in time, a total of one hour and seven minutes, between when Lueck arrived at the Salt Lake International Airport and when she got into the Lyft.

Doubt said Lueck has no mental health issues that police are aware of and as far as they know, she does not have a history of disappearing for any period of time.

Lueck is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds. She has medium-length blond hair and brown eyes.

Monday morning Salt Lake City Police tweeted: “SLCPD set up a dedicated tip line specifically for #MissingPerson MacKenzie Lueck, case 19-111129. Please call 801-799-4420 with any information. #MacKenzieLueck.” Doubt said six officials have been assigned to staff that line.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

A gallery of provided photos appears below. Images shot on a diagonal have been tilted back for the sake of clarity.

1 COMMENT

  1. My question is who meets someone at a park at 3 am?
    Parks are closed at 10 PM, Lyft driver should know more then this, isnt there ANYONE with a vid or traffic cams as such c’mon this is just not good detective work? Ugh

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