SALT LAKE CITY — Newly launched footage and video are giving an in depth look contained in the investigation into the homicide of College of Utah pupil MacKenzie Lueck.
The person who killed her, Ayoola Ajayi, is now in jail.
Greater than 1,000 footage, surveillance movies, physique digicam movies, drone movies, telephone name audio, paperwork, display screen photographs and an hours-long interrogation of Ajayi had been included within the launch by Salt Lake Metropolis Police.
The recordsdata set up a clearer timeline and description precisely what proof investigators present in Ajayi’s dwelling and on his property.
Two days earlier than serving a search warrant on his dwelling in June of 2019, a video exhibits police questioning Ajayi in an interview room on the police station.
Ajayi claimed he went in opposition to his lawyer’s needs and confirmed as much as speak with officers as a result of he mentioned, “I knew I may assist.”
He admits that he had messaged with Lueck by a web based relationship web site, however maintained that she blocked him and their communication ended. He exhibits police a display screen shot of their messages.
“She stopped responding as soon as I despatched out my footage,” he mentioned. “I believed possibly she simply does not need my kind of race, so I simply stopped responding to her.”
Within the dialog, Ajayi appears constructive and expresses his willingness to cooperate.
Two days afterward June 26, Salt Lake Metropolis Police served the search warrant on Ajayi’s dwelling. They take him in for questioning. In a 9-hour lengthy video, Ajayi upholds he solely exchanged a few messages with Lueck and by no means met her in particular person.
He tells detectives that he was at dwelling with two males who had been renting rooms by his AirBnB within the basement on the time she went lacking.
Ayoola Ajayi: “The half that I do not know is how can that occur if I did not depart the home?”
Detective: “I am telling you, you probably did. You already instructed me that you simply did not keep in mind and that it is a risk, I am telling you that sure it is a factor that occurred.”
Detective: “What sort of automobile do you drive?”
Ayoola Ajayi: “I drive a Kia Ultima.”
Detective: “Yeah, you do. That is the opposite half. It is your automobile. Okay? I am telling you…”
Ayoola Ajayi: “It is not my automobile.”
Detective: “Now we have had per week and a half now to arrange and we have now been very busy, as a result of I care about MacKenzie.”
Ayoola Ajayi: “I care…”
Detective: “I believe you probably did care about her, I agree. And I do know that there is extra so that you can inform me, and also you’re holding again and I do not perceive why.”
A number of physique digicam movies present officers pouring over Ajayi’s dwelling, yard, and storage.
Lots of of pictures are of proof markers all around the home and yard. Police took footage of a number of objects of clothes, a few of which appeared to have bleach stains or dust stains. They take footage of Ajayi’s rest room sink underneath blacklight, the place splatters present up within the gentle.
They zero in on a burn pit in Ajayi’s yard. Neighbors instructed Fox 13 on the time they remembered Ajayi lighting the hearth after Lueck disappeared, and that it emitted a powerful odor not like something they ever smelled.
Images confirmed charred items of cloth discovered within the yard and burn pit. Different footage present a burnt Coach purse and MacKenzie’s pockets together with her ID seen additionally burnt.
Footage of Ajayi’s automobile present stains throughout the backseat, in addition to dust all around the flooring in entrance of the driving force seat.
Alongside the Jordan River, photographs depict numerous feminine clothes objects pulled from out of the water and off the riverbanks. There are footage of Lueck’s College of Utah ID which appeared to have been discovered on the riverbank close to the clothes.
Police piece collectively surveillance footage, from when MacKenzie landed on the Salt Lake Worldwide Airport and obtained right into a Lyft on June 17, to when Ajayi’s automobile and the Lyft driver headed in the identical path close to the park in North Salt Lake the place Ajayi met Lueck.
In accordance with court docket data and what Ajayi instructed police, the 2 met by the location In search of Association. It appeared that, up till that time, the 2 had by no means met in particular person.
Detectives inform Ajayi that they’ve collected information and data putting him on the park on the identical second she disappeared. He would not straight reply questions, even when requested point-blank what occurred.
Detective: “AJ, I simply instructed you that your telephone data and the placement put you up on the meet. Do you assume, truthfully, and count on me to consider, that you simply ended that dialog and one way or the other you and her and her location find yourself in the very same spot?”
Ayoola Ajayi: “Oh, I am not doubting you. If I see that too if I am in your case, I’d be asking myself what you’re asking me proper now.”
Detective: “It is not a miraculous query.”
Ayoola Ajayi: “Yeah, I agree with you. Stuff does not simply occur.”
Ayoola Ajayi: “Sure, I agree with you.”
Detective: “I am telling you to elucidate that. And to date, you haven’t.”
Ayoola Ajayi: “How do I clarify one thing I do not know?”
Ajayi talks in circles for hours, and at one level begins to shake and says he’s chilly. Detectives give him a blanket and he wraps himself up, persevering with to disclaim he ever noticed Lueck in particular person.
Ultimately police depart him alone within the room for just a few hours, earlier than returning to take his fingerprints and launch him the following morning.
In accordance with previous court docket paperwork, police used Ajayi’s telephone information to trace a visit he made to Logan Canyon after Lueck went lacking.
Drone video exhibits the precise spot within the canyon the place investigators discovered Lueck’s charred stays.
Even with Ajayi not prepared to say something, it is clear from the a whole bunch of images and movies that the proof spoke for itself.
Ajayi later pleaded responsible to murdering Lueck and is now serving life in jail.