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Lori Kay Hacking

Authorities and family members searched Monday for a pregnant woman who is missing after she went for an early morning run in Memory Grove.

Lori Kay Hacking, 27, left her Salt Lake house to run alone in Memory Grove Park and City Creek Canyon about 5:30 a.m. She did not show up later for her job at Wells Fargo Bank, Salt Lake police detective Dwayne Baird said.

Her husband called police at 10:49 a.m., Baird said.

Investigators found Hacking's car still parked near the front gates of Memory Grove. But there were no clues to her whereabouts. There were also no indications of an accident or foul play, Baird said.

"The only thing that's suspicious is that she hasn't returned," Baird said late Monday.

The search started shortly after her husband, Mark Hacking, called police.

Salt Lake police will coordinate a volunteer search this morning. The search will start at 7:30 a.m., but volunteers are asked to meet at 6:45 a.m. at the Olympic Medals Plaza parking lot on 250 West between North Temple and South Temple. Buses will transport people to Memory Grove. They will be divided into groups of 10 and given a grid map of areas to search. Police are hoping for 2,000 to 3,000 volunteers, Baird said.

"We want people to dress for hot weather, which means wear a hat for the bright sun. Bring sunscreen, plenty of water to keep hydrated. Wear hiking shoes or boots to be prepared to walk in wilderness-type terrain," Baird said.

Friends and family expressed concern about Hacking's whereabouts Monday evening.

Her brother-in-law, Scott Hacking, described her as responsible. He said Lori has gone running about three times a week for 10 years. She runs five to six miles up Memory Grove and adjacent City Creek Canyon.

"She's very familiar with the area. She's in very good shape," Scott Hacking said.

Lori Hacking has been married to Mark Hacking for five years. They learned last Thursday that she is five weeks pregnant.

"She's been fine throughout the pregnancy. No medical problems," Scott Hacking said.

Lori and Mark Hacking planned to move to North Carolina next week.

"My brother was going to medical school out there," Scott Hacking said.

Mark Hacking works the night shift and usually is sleeping when Lori Hacking goes running. She normally returns home about 6:30 a.m. to shower and get ready for work. Sometimes she wakes him up to say goodbye before she leaves for work; sometimes she does not, Scott Hacking said.

Mark Hacking woke up later in the morning and called Wells Fargo, where he learned she had not arrived for work. He noticed his wife's work clothes in place, as though they had not been touched.

"He looked in the fridge and her lunch that she takes for work was in there," Scott Hacking said.

Mark Hacking then drove to Memory Grove and saw his wife's car.

Police said Hacking sometimes runs with a friend, but on Monday she was alone.

Lori Hacking works for Wells Fargo's institutional brokerage and sales department in Salt Lake City, bank spokesman Mark Chapman said.

"Our thoughts are with her and her family," Chapman said.

Thirty to 50 police officers and detectives, members of a neighborhood mobile watch unit and the Department of Public Safety helicopter were searching City Creek Canyon by noon, looking for Hacking or any clues to her disappearance.

By Monday afternoon, members of Salt Lake County Search and Rescue and Salt Lake County's horse patrol, along with scores of Hacking's friends, joined in the search, Baird said. Police dogs trained to detect human scent also were part of the search.

The park and canyon were closed Monday to everyone but searchers, Baird said. The park was expected to be closed at least through today.

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Chris Smart — an uncle of Elizabeth Smart, the Salt Lake teenager who was rescued last year after being missing for nine months — went to the park Monday evening.

"He came up here to assist the family in the need for a search tomorrow morning," Baird said. He also counseled the family.

Lori Hacking is 5-foot-3 and 115 pounds. She has medium-length, curly brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray sports bra.

Anyone with information on Hacking is asked to call police at 801-799-3000.


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