SALT LAKE CITY — Friends and family are asking for the public's help after they say 23-year-old University of Utah student MacKenzie Lueck went missing after taking a Lyft ride from an airport.
In a news release, the Salt Lake City Police Department said Lueck returned to Salt Lake City after visiting family on June 17. She took a Lyft from Salt Lake City Airport to an address in North Salt Lake, Utah, early Monday morning.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Lueck was in her home state of California for her grandmother's funeral. When she returned to Salt Lake City, she texted her parents around 1 a.m.
Lueck's parents reported her missing Thursday afternoon, according to the publication. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall with blond, medium-length hair and weighs about 120 lbs, KUTV reported. CBS News reported that her best friend, Juliana Cauley, said Lueck doesn't live in North Salt Lake and she doesn't know why she went there.
"SLCPD has been conducting a missing persons investigation and have spoken with both Lyft as well as the Lyft driver," the department said in the news release. "Lyft and their driver have cooperated with the investigation."
"We don't have anyone searching any particular area right now because we don't have any credible evidence of where she might be," Sgt. Brandon Shearer told The Salt Lake Tribune.
A representative for Lyft told CBS News there were no irregularities with Lueck's ride and that it ended at the destination she entered on the app and the driver continue to pick up and drop off other customers right after Lueck arrived at her destination.
"We recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck," Lyft said in a statement to KSTU. "The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigation."
"Our primary goal is to find Mackenzie and bring her home," Lueck's family said in a statement to KUTV. "Her family is grateful for the concern, prayers and the tireless efforts of the Salt Lake City Police and members of the community."
"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 department said. "Detectives are concerned for Mackenzie's welfare. If anyone has any information on Mackenzie or where she may be, please contact SLCPD at (801)799-3000 re: case 19-111129."
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