Contractors says suspect in killing wanted secret room

Salt Lake City police take a man into custody in connection with missing University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 28, 2019. Salt Lake City police said the man was brought in Friday morning, but did not immediately provide further details. Lueck disappeared after taking a Lyft June 17 from the airport to a park. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A construction contractor says the primary suspect in the killing of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck approached him in April about building a secretive and soundproof room under a front porch.

Brian Wolf told the Desert News that the construction request from homeowner Ayoola A. Ajayi made him uneasy and included hooks mounted high on a concrete wall for reasons that didn’t make sense. Wolf turned the job down and reported the encounter to police after seeing news reports Friday of Ajayi’s arrested in Lueck’s death.

Salt Lake City Police spokeswoman Christina Judd confirmed that Wolf recounted the story to detectives.

A SWAT Team arrested Ajayi on Friday and police say he will be charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping, justice obstruction and desecration of a body in Lueck’s death.

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1 Comment

  • Warren s Pugh June 30, 2019 at 9:21 pm Reply

    Much reminiscent about a similar story
    where another person was killed because
    the killer could not locate a place to pray.

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