A tech worker is now accused in the disappearance and homicide of 23-year-old University of Utah student.
Ayoola Ajayi, who has worked as a model, claims to be an IT specialist, and once wrote a novel about a murder, is now accused in the disappearance and homicide of 23-year-old University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck,according to cbsnews reports.
Lueck was reported missing by her family on June 20. Concern about the kinesiology and nursing student grew as she missed a midterm and a trip back to her family’s home in El Segundo, California, on June 23.
Chief Mike Brown said police are filing charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and desecration of a body “in the homicide of MacKenzie Lueck.” The man charged is Ayoola Ajayi, he confirmed. According to Brown, a search of the suspect’s property (the home was listed on Airbnb), found a burned area that contained charred items consistent with personal items of Lueck. Horrifically, “female human tissue,” was then also found, and it matched via DNA testing to MacKenzie Lueck, the chief revealed in a news conference. The suspect’s neighbors had told detectives they allegedly saw Ajayi “burning something in his back yard with the use of gasoline” on June 17 and 18.
“Other charred material was located which has now been forensically determined to be female human tissue,” said the chief. On July 5, 2019, police said they found Lueck’s body in Logan Canyon.
Ajayi also pleaded guilty to sexually abusing another woman he met on a dating app in 2018.
Lueck has been remembered as a bubbly, nurturing person. She was a member of a sorority and a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing.