Police looking for leads in missing Utah student Mackenzie Lueck's social media

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 26, 2019 10:54 a.m.

    I agree with the posters who think something is not logical here. An attractive young woman is missing, and she was delivered to a dubious place in early morning hours. I'm sure the authorities are super concerned about all this, and surely there will be a clue in social media entries, or maybe the Lyft driver's devices need to be investigated. It is all very sad because it is hard to imagine anything other than "foul play" being the answer.

    Elizabeth Smart's abduction was mentioned too. I had a strong impression she was kidnapped by "gypsies" because of a story I'd read with fifth graders, but I never shared that with authorities because we don't have gypsies among us. It probably wouldn't have been helpful, but still I wish I had reported it when the public was being asked to provide clues. Someone knows something!

  • Dialetheia Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2019 10:15 a.m.

    Was it determined that the Lyft driver didn't coordinate with another party?

    Lyft super late at night would be an effective way for selecting victims for human trafficking. The driver already had the info of her destination and could have forwarded it to an accomplice. Human trafficking is very profitable and more common than is generally assumed.

    Though an unlikely situation it isn't impossible.

    Let's just hope the police don't accuse the wrong man and then have him mysteriously die in custody when he can't lead them to the girl, like what happened in the case of Elizabeth Smart and the man police accused; Richard Ricci.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2019 9:49 a.m.

    Well that story doesn't add up. Who would call for a Lyft to come pick them up at the airport; just to drive over to a park and switch vehicles. If there was another vehicle; why wouldn't that car have picked her up at the airport?

    Normally, a person would see a Lyft (Uber, cab, etc); to take them to a hotel; or to a home. Not to a park in middle of the night to be picked up by another non-registered driver; some random person in middle of the night. That story just does not add up.

    Does that Lyft driver have proof he dropped her off there and that she got into another vehicle. Dash cam perhaps? If not, I would suggest questioning the Lyft driver a bit further.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 25, 2019 8:31 p.m.

    @NEAD - SLC, UT
    June 25, 2019 4:44 p.m.
    @Impartial,
    They've contacted the Lyft driver and have a statement from him/her. It doesn't sound like more photos at the airport will help."

    Yes, I realize that. I've been following the story. However;
    "Police say they are the last known images of the 23-year-old University of Utah student before she disappeared."

    That can't be true. Police in Utah have a credibility issue with the public. To state that those are the last known images either makes them look inept or dishonest. Neither is good for their reputation or public confidence.

  • bachelors of science Brigham City, UT
    June 25, 2019 6:14 p.m.

    Can’t they check her bank accounts and find out more information about her lifestyle?

  • 112358 Alpine, UT
    June 25, 2019 5:13 p.m.

    The terminus of the Lyft ride is a known location. Google, Apple, et. al. have the capability to determine what devices were near that terminus at the time of interest.

  • NEAD SLC, UT
    June 25, 2019 4:44 p.m.

    @Impartial,

    They've contacted the Lyft driver and have a statement from him/her. It doesn't sound like more photos at the airport will help.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 25, 2019 4:26 p.m.

    US airports have cameras everywhere. Surely they have curbside footage of her getting in the Uber/Lyft, complete with license plate pics. You can't tell us that's the last airport pics. Something doesn't add up here.

  • T-money$$$ Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2019 3:03 p.m.

    It's tricky when adults just vanish like this, but the more evidence comes out the more it's likely there was some sort of foul play involved. Why bother texting the family when your plane touches down if you plan on disappearing shortly afterwards?

    My heart goes out to her worried family and friends and with any luck she will be found safe soon.