College student still missing following following Lyft ride

Ella Torres, New York Daily News

A Utah college student is still missing nearly a week after her family last heard from her, and her relatives are pleading for answers.

MacKenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old senior at the University of Utah, texted relatives around 1 a.m. on June 17, her family said in a statement released Saturday. She had just arrived at Salt Lake City International Airport on a flight from Los Angeles, where she attended her grandmother’s funeral.

She let them know that she landed safely and was going to take a Lyft home. She wasn’t heard from again.

The Salt Lake City Police Department confirmed that she was dropped off at her destination in North Salt Lake in the early morning hours. Her roommates, however, said she never made it inside.

Police said they have spoken with both the ride-sharing company and the driver.

“Lyft and their driver have cooperated with the investigation,” police said in a statement.

They added that they do not have information at this time that would indicate Lueck “has been harmed or is in danger at this time.”

Lueck’s family said she is not the type of person to go off the grid without letting her family know, leaving them filled with questions.

“Her luggage has not been located. Her friends have stated that Kenzie puts her school classes and work first and it’s very unusual for her to miss either,” the family said. Her phone has also been turned off and her car has not been moved.

Mackenzie is 5’6”, 120 pounds with a slim build, according to her family. She has medium-length blond hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her disappearance is urged to contact Salt Lake City police at 801-799-3000.


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