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Utah College Student Vanishes After Taking Lyft Home From Airport

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A University of Utah student vanished after she took a June 17 Lyft ride home from the airport.

23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck landed at Salt Lake City International Airport on June 17, according to a press release from the Salt Lake City Police.

The college student texted her parents around 1 a.m. to let them know she had landed before she called a Lyft ride to take her to an address in North Salt Lake, authorities said.

Authorities have spoken both with Lyft and with Lueck’s Lyft driver, both of whom have cooperated with police in searching for Lueck.

We recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck,” Lyft said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigation.”

Lyft also revealed to theDCNF that the Lyft driver’s route did not contain any irregularities and it ended at the destination entered into the app by Lueck. The Lyft driver then proceeded to pick up other rides immediately after the ride ended.

“The SLCPD has not discovered any information that would lead us to believe that Mackenzie has been harmed or is in danger at this time,” the SLCPD said in a press release. “Detectives are concerned for Mackenzie’s welfare.”

But Lueck’s friend believes she is in danger. Lueck has now missed a wedding, a midterm, failed to feed her cat, and missed work, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

“For her to not reach out to me is very unlike her. She is usually in touch with me every day,” Lueck’s best friend and sorrority sister Kennedy Stoner said at a Sunday news conference according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The publication reports that Lueck was on her way back from her grandmother’s funeral in Southern California and was supposed to fly back to Los Angeles the following weekend to attend a wedding.

“We don’t believe she would miss a midterm because she was stressed,” Stoner said. “I am positive something is wrong… I don’t believe she would go off and not contact one person.”

Police do not currently have search parties out, authorities said, as they do not know where Lueck might be.

“We don’t have anyone searching any particular area right now,” Salt Lake City police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said Saturday according to the Salt Lake Tribune, “because we don’t have any credible evidence of where she might be.”

Salt Lake City police did not respond to a request for comment from theDCNF.

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