Police investigating a Salt Lake City home for clues to the whereabouts of missing University student Mackenzie Lueck from the University of Utah discovered holes in his backyard this morning after neighbors claimed his owner had recently burned something, the one "strong" emanated stench.
23-year-old Lueck last met an unknown person near a Salt Lake City park on June 17, around 3:00 am, after he was dropped off by a Lyft rider. She greeted the trip after she arrived from Los Angeles – where she attended a funeral – and has not heard from her since.
"# SLCPD has issued a search warrant for a Fairpark property in connection with the missing case of MacKenzie Lueck," the Salt Lake City Police Department tweeted in the early morning, not detailing what, if anything, they were
Investigators were seen in the night hours carrying shovels into the backyard of the property.
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Brown paper bags – presumably police evidence – were lined up on the doorstep, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. According to reports, a car was also towed by investigators.
"We just want to make sure … [we] we get all the information we can before we just share speculation," Salt Lake's deputy police chief Tim Doubt told reporters late at night.
Neighbors talking to the newspaper said they had recently seen the homeowner burn something in his backyard and pour smoke from the fire into their windows.
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"It has definitely attacked your nose," Joseph Peterson, who lives a block west of the house, told the Salt Lake Tribune he came home from work one night just to smell a "strong stench" in the air.
Another neighbor, Tom Camomile, described the homeowner as a person who rarely spoke to someone else outdoors and turned part of the house into an Airbnb rental property.
"There are people coming and going most of the time," he told the Salt Lake Tribune.
It is not clear whether the unknown person Lueck should have met in the park is the owner of the house or is the tenant.
An Airbnb listing of the property advertised "beautiful and affordable basement rooms in the heart of [Salt Lake City] with communal common area" for $ 27 and $ 30 per night.
One critic wrote that the host was the "friendliest person, and the room is big enough for one or two," while another said she had stayed there for two weeks before the "super-friendly" person offered me to help with the move. "
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But the neighbors are worried about the search and are worried that something" really bad "is happening on the property is.
"The K-9's [were] here. They were in the backyard. They searched in the car, "Cheri Pearson told Fox News. I told my husband, "This is bigger than a bargain or something – something really bad happened."