Thirty one year old,divorced Nigerian man Ayoola Ajayi has been arrested for the aggravated murder of Utah college student 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck who was missing for 11 days….
He reportedly killed her burned her remains at his back yard
Ayoola A. Ajayi will be charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of the body Mackenzie Lueck.
He was arrested without incident Friday morning by a SWAT team.
Ajayi is an information technology worker who attended college on and off but never earned a degree and was briefly in the Army National Guard but didn’t complete basic training.
He doesn’t have a criminal record, according to online court information, but a northern Utah police department said he was accused of a rape in 2014. Police investigated but the alleged victim, an adult woman, declined to pursue charges….
Lueck disappeared on June 17, after she returned from a trip home for her grandmother’s funeral and took a Lyft ride from the airport to a park north of Salt Lake City. She was last seen apparently willingly meeting someone there at about 3 a.m.
Her text conversation with Ajayi was her last communication and phone location data shows them both at the park within a minute of each other, Brown said.
“This was the same time as Mackenzie’s phone stopped receiving any further data or location services,” he said.
He declined to say whether or how exactly they knew each other but acknowledged texting with Lueck around 6 p.m. on June 16..He denied talking to her later, knowing what she looked like or having seen any online profile for her — despite having several photos, including a profile picture….
Police have not discussed a motive for the killing, or specified a cause of death. A judge ordered Ajayi held without bail. It was not known if he has an attorney to speak on his behalf. He had not returned previous messages from The Associated Press prior to his arrest.
After discovering that Ajayi was the last person Lueck communicated with, police searched his home on Wednesday and Thursday and described him as a “person of interest.”
In his backyard, they said they found a “fresh dig area,” and charred items that belonged to Lueck. They also found burned human remains that matched her DNA profile, Brown said.
Ajayi has worked in information technology for several companies including Dell and Goldman Sachs, according to his LinkedIn page. Goldman Sachs confirmed he worked as a contract employee for less than a year at the Salt Lake City office ending in August 2018. Dell said Ajayi had worked there but didn’t provide his dates of employment.
Ajayi also appeared to have pursued employment in modeling with a bio page on a website called modelmanagement.com.
Lueck was a part-time senior at the University of Utah studying kinesiology and pre-nursing, and was expected to graduate in Spring 2020. She had been a student since 2014 and had an off-campus apartment.