The University of Utah student, who disappeared last week after ordering a Lyft and dropped off at a local park, texted someone before disappearing. Police in Salt Lake City told Fox News exclusively they had a surveillance video and a digital track to prove it.
When Salt Lake City Deputy Chief of Police Tim Doubt appeared on Wednesday at "Shepard Smith Reporting," he said the investigators had talked to the last known person who communicated with 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck before she When Shepard Smith asked if this person was interested in the case, he replied, "We do not have any interested people right now." Everyone is pretty much still in the game, "Zweifel continued. "We do not want to exclude anyone because we have found no evidence that something really happened to them about the game. It is very worrying that she will be missed for so long, and she has just fallen completely off the net.
The revelation came one day after the police released pictures from Lueck's "last known footage" taken from surveillance cameras at Salt Lake City International Airport. The pictures showed them at the airport between 2:09 and 2:40 am on June 17, about twenty minutes before a Lyft driver dropped them off at Hatch Park, North Salt Lake, police said.
LYFT DRIVER CLEARED IN "We know she texted someone at the airport," Zweifel said to Smith on Wednesday, adding that the investigators were investigating it.
Lueck flew from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City after her grandmother's funeral. Lueck's friend Kennedy Stoner told Fox News on Tuesday. Doubt that Lueck was last seen hitting an unknown person in the park.
"I know [the funeral] was a very traumatic event for her," said Stoner. "She was close to her grandma. She is closely connected with her whole family. So this weekend I wrote a text message with her and just let her know that I was there for her and if I could do anything, but after that I did not hear anything [anything].
The police told reporters on Tuesday that they could not confirm either the make or model of the vehicle Lueck had picked up from Hatch Park, nor the description of the person inside.
"The description we have is vague. It could have been a man or a woman, "Zweifel told reporters, adding," We've exhausted every opportunity to gather this information and ask that person to call us.
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The Lyft driver, who dumped Lueck in the park eight miles from her apartment, told the investigators that she did not seem in distress when she met the person around 3 in the morning. The Lyft driver was evicted as a potential suspect, police said.
When she spoke with Smith on Wednesday, Zweifel said it was atypical for Lueck to completely break contact with her family.
"It's not like your character's falling off the grid," Zweifel said to Smith. "I do not know why someone meets at 3 in the morning in a park. It just was not in her character that we can find when we look into her life.
Police said surveillance cameras in the park where Lueck was last seen seemed to be fools, meaning they had not taken any video, Smith reported.
"In that case, we're simple We're not sure what happened, "Zweifel said to Smith on Wednesday.
Asked if there's anything in Luck's search history, emails, or social media that gives investigators a clue Doubt replied, "We have quite a few clues to follow, this is not the normal, typical missing person with bloodhounds, this is more of a digital search for a person."
He continued, "We Search through all the digital evidence we've gathered through search warrants and investigate their lives. "
During the interview Smith referred to reports that Lueck may have met someone through a dating app and that the case involved a rendezvous in the park with someone she had met online. When Smith asked Doubt to comment on these reports, he said, "These days, dating apps are pretty common, so we just want to make sure we follow all of these hints."
When Smith asked Doubt access to their digital History had, Doubt said: "We have access."
"If you have access to her digital story, there was a moment when she said to someone else: I'll meet you in the park? "Smith asked doubts."
"We do not have that, we have none of that," Zweifel answered. "We know she sent someone an SMS at the airport and we're trying to do that now, but with these apps, which one can secure nowadays, which are secret and where one can have different identities, it is really difficult to persecute them. "
Lück's parents said they had last heard of her at one o'clock in the morning on June 17, When Mackenzie wrote them a text message telling them that their flight had landed. According to Doubt, the police have already received dozens of tips.
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Lueck is one Part-time graduate student specializing in Kinesiology and Nursing, she has been studying at the University since 2014 and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Nick Givas of Fox News and The As sociated Press have contributed to this report.