SALT LAKE CITY – After an exhaustive weekly survey, the Salt Lake police mistakenly announced on Friday that they believe a University of Utah student is missing since June 17 was murdered.
A man she allegedly met on June 17 in North Salt Lake was arrested for her death.
"It is with a heavy heart that I treat you today," Chief Salt Salt, Mike Salt, told the arrest.
Ayoola Adisa Ajayi, 31, was arrested at. is on an apartment complex at 1028 S. West Temple by a SWAT team. He was later booked in Salt Lake County Prison for investigation into aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, dismissal of a human body and obstruction of justice.
Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office is expected to write off formal criminal charges once Friday. 1
Cases and bags of evidence were collected. Officers could also be seen digging holes in the backyard.
The neighbors told detective, they had observed Ajayi on June 17 and on June 18, something burned in his backyard. During their search, the police restored several charred things, including "female human tissue" and personal belongings belonging to Lueck, Brown said.
Based on telephone records and tissues that were retrieved and tested and intended to be Luecks were made.
But the boss refused to say Friday that Lueck's body had been restored.
"This study continues. We are still looking for someone who might have helped this arrested person and other evidence that would provide evidence for us to use in this case," Brown said.
When asked more directly – "Have you found a body?" – cheif replied: "We do not confirm it right now."
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Brown said he informed Lueck's father about the arrest before the press conference. "This was one of the hardest calls I've ever made," he said.
Lueck, 23, was last seen early in the morning on June 17, as she flew in Salt Lake City International Airport after attending a family funeral in her home town of El Segundo, California. Airport surveillance video recorded Lueck, who makes her a baggage request, and then enters a lift vehicle.
The lift driver told the police that he fell from Lueck at Hatch Park in Nordsalt Lake at 3pm, when another person in a car was waiting for her.
On Friday, Brown said that mobile data collected from both Lueck's and Ajayi's phones put them on Hatch Park at the same time on June 17.
Texts and social media have been focused on the study.
Outside a few traffic tickets, Ajayi has no criminal history in Utah. He once lived in an apartment across the street from Hatch Park, where Lueck was last seen by a lift driver and entered another waiting vehicle. Ajayi and his two roommates were postponed from the North Salt Lake apartment in 2016 not to pay rents according to court records.
According to university officials, Ajayi participated sporadically in Utah State University and sometimes taught in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2016 when he left after the autumn semester. He never had a declared major or earned a degree.
He also did a little with the Army National Guard, who was awarded a company out of Tooele, but did not attend basic training or any advanced individual training, according to the Utah National Guard's public affairs officer. Ajayi left the military after six months "with an uncharacterized discharge for failure to meet medical purchasing standards," the spokesman said.
Ajayi's digital photo print contains the details of his Airbnb rental, photos from his day's modeling and an ebook he himself published on Amazon.
Under his Amazon author profile, Ajayi wrote that he was born and raised in Africa, and continued to become a salesman, entrepreneur, and author. He claims to have "survived a tyrannical dictatorship, escaped a crime in fact, traveled internationally, widely used in several industries," and developed a marketing strategy for his book "Forge Identity."
The fictitious book chronicles a young man who testifies to two murders in his life and must continue to decide whether to pursue a criminal life or define his own path in life, according to his online description.
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