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Friends try to find the missing student of the University of Utah, Mackenzie Lueck



As cars rolled into Liberty Park's north entrance on Saturday night, Sara Richardson-Williams extended flyers and pushed them toward the passenger side windows.

"This little girl is missing," Richardson-Williams said repeatedly. Turn the flyer to the occupants of the cars.

The missing person is Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old student from the University of Utah. She is in the same sisterhood as the daughter of Richardson-Williams. Richardson-Williams had to think of Lueck as if she were her own daughter, and the mother described herself on Saturday as "very worried, very worried."

Mackenzie Lueck's parents reported that their daughter was missing on Thursday afternoon. although last Monday was the last time someone heard about her. Friends and people who have heard about Lück's disappearance on the news and social media went around Salt Lake City on Saturday to distribute flyers.

The focus was on Liberty Park. Later that evening there were plans to distribute flyers in other parks in Salt Lake City and at the Utah Arts Festival, which lasts until Sunday.

Damaris Zarco does not know Lueck, but she read about her efforts to find her and went to Liberty Park to take a stack of flyers.

"I just thought that I wanted someone who would look for me if I was missing."

  (photo courtesy of Greg Lueck / FOX 13) Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old student from the University of Utah, was reported missing by her parents and recently heard of her early Monday morning, June 17 ,
(Photo courtesy of Greg Lueck / FOX 13) Mackenzie Lueck, 23, and a student from the University of Utah Utah were reported missing by their parents and they have recently heard of their early Monday morning, June 17.

Volunteers, including some from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose borders also included Luck's house near Trolley Square, were asked to speak to the organizer, Ashley Fine. She is one of Lueck's sisters in the Alpha Chi Omega Sisterhood. Well, the volunteers had to sign their names and phone numbers.

Before they started, most volunteers had questions about Lück's disappearance. Fein would politely go over the facts she knows.

Lueck was in her home state of California to the funeral of her grandmother. She landed at Salt Lake City International Airport early Monday and told her parents at 1am that she had arrived.

Then she took a car from Mitfahrservice Lyft from the airport. Nobody has seen her since this trip.

Good that Lück's phone is off since Monday and she was not active in social media. Lueck had not shown up for her job in a Salt Lake City lab or university classes. Her cat and her car stay in her house. The luggage from Lueck was not found either, said Fine.

Salt Lake City police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said on Saturday that the car brought Lueck from the airport to North Salt Lake – the community in Davis County. Shearer declined to give an address.

"We confirmed with Lyft, the app, that she wanted to go there and with the driver that she went there," said Shearer.

Shearer said the driver and Lyft were cooperative. Lyft said in a statement to FOX 13 that the route of the car had no irregularities and the driver took more app users immediately after Lueck's stop.

The police did not look for Lueck in North Salt Lake because they have no evidence of it remaining, Shearer said.

"We do not currently have anyone searching a particular area," Shearer said, "because we have no credible evidence of where it might be."

There's no evidence Lueck is in danger, Shearer said, "except for the fact that she has not heard from her."

Fine said she did not know why Lueck would go home to North Salt Lake or anywhere else. It is assumed that Lueck met someone, but does not know whom. Lueck had no significant other, said Fine.

  (Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nate Crispo holds a sign with the photo of Mackenzie Lueck at Liberty Park. Lueck is missing since Monday. Saturday, June 22, 2019.
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nate Crispo holds a sign with the photo of Mackenzie Lueck at Liberty Park. Lueck is missing since Monday. Saturday, June 22, 2019.
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When people searched for Lueck, some said the case of another woman studying at university was in her mind.

Rachael Palmer, who graduated in May and was also in Alpha Chi Omega with Lueck, distributed flyers when he was asked about Lueck and McCluskey. While the two women share some demographics, Palmer pointed out that McCluskey had called on the police several times for help, although there was no indication that Lueck had a problem with a partner. Palmer tried to be optimistic and said no one knew where it was, let alone being a victim of domestic violence.

"I hope no news is good news," said Palmer.

  (Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rachael Palmer hands over a flyer to a driver on June 22, 2019 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. The flyer looks at the disappearance of student Mackenzie Lueck from the University of Utah.
Rachael Palmer hands over a flyer to a driver on June 22, 2019 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. The flyer looks at the disappearance of student Mackenzie Lueck from the University of Utah.

The awareness and prevention of domestic violence is Alpha Chi Omega's philanthropy, Palmer said, and she paid attention to the dangers when she recently traveled alone in Europe. She ended her trip safely, but was surprised to hear that Lueck had disappeared into Utah.

"They should be safe at home," Palmer watched Lück's house and asked people if they had seen her. But Fine said the McCluskey case has shown her to proactively help women who may be in trouble.

"We know we need to do something to find her," said Fine. "It's not just the responsibility of the police."

If you have information about Lueck's whereabouts, contact the Salt Lake City police at 801-799-3000 and reference 19-111129.

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