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University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck took a Lyft to meet someone at a park. Now she's missing

University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck took a Lyft to meet someone at a park. Now she's missingSalt Lake City police are searching for Mackenzie Lueck, who has been missing for a week, though at this point, police do not suspect foul play.



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Authorities in Utah release new photos of last time missing college student seen in public

Authorities in Utah release new photos of last time missing college student seen in publicPolice issued a public appeal for a person last seen with a University of Utah student before she disappeared more than a week ago.



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Authorities in Utah release new photos of last time missing college student seen in public

Authorities in Utah release new photos of last time missing college student seen in publicPolice issued a public appeal for a person last seen with a University of Utah student before she disappeared more than a week ago.



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The Latest: Missing Utah college student met person at park

The Latest: Missing Utah college student met person at parkAuthorities say a missing University of Utah student who hasn’t been heard from in over a week was last seen meeting an unknown person at a park in the middle of the night. Salt Lake City assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt said Monday at a news conference that the Lyft driver who dropped off 23-year-old MacKenzie Lueck says she didn’t seem in distress when she met the person on June 17 at about 3 a.m. Doubt declined to describe the person’s gender and says they don’t know who it is. Police and friends are investigating the disappearance of a University of Utah student who hasn’t been heard from since she flew back to Salt Lake City last Monday after visiting family in El Segundo, California.



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University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking Lyft

University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking LyftSLC Police DepartmentMackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student, texted her parents on June 17 to let them know she had landed safely at the Salt Lake City airport, her father told Fox News. Nobody has heard from her in the week since. According to police, Lueck landed home from a trip around 1 a.m. She then ordered a Lyft to an unfamiliar address in North Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to friends, Lueck’s phone has been off since she went missing, her car is still at her home, and her luggage hasn’t been found. She has not shown up to work, or class, since that early morning ride. Lueck's dad told local Fox station KTSU his daughter texted he and his wife to tell them her flight landed around 1 a.m. on Monday, June 17. Her family officially reported her missing that Thursday.Though Lueck has been missing for nearly a week, and police are investigating her disappearance, a formal search party has not been set up, the Tribune reports. In a press release issued by the Salt Lake City police department on Saturday, investigators said they have not “discovered any information that would lead us to believe that Mackenzie has been harmed or is in danger at this time.” In the same release, police also said “detectives are concerned for Mackenzie’s welfare.” Lyft has been working with Utah police to help trace Lueck's last known whereabouts, the Tribune reports.The ride share company told Fox News that the car’s route showed no irregularities, Lueck was successfully dropped off at her desired destination, and the driver began picking up more passengers immediately after her ride was complete. Authorities said they've been in contact with Lueck's apparent driver, but have not provided details of their account. “We’ve confirmed with Lyft, the app, that’s where she requested to go, and with the driver that that’s where she did go,” Salt Lake City Police Sargeant Brandon Shearer told ABC News. Shearer said the driver and Lyft have been cooperative. Lyft told Fox News in a statement on Sunday that they “recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck… The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigations.”Lueck, who reportedly goes by “Kenzie,” is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, according to the Tribune. Her sorority sister Ashley Fine has been organizing volunteers to help in the informal search. Fine told The Salt Lake Tribune she does not know why her friend, who does not have a significant other, would have taken a ride to the address in North Salt Lake, instead of going directly to her home. As part of the community effort to find her, Lueck's friends organized a postering event at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday. A Facebook page with over 2,000 members has also been set up to help spread the word about her disappearance.“Everyone thinks that there’s danger in this story,” Fine told a local abc news affiliate. “Things aren’t adding up. She had another trip planned,” Fine said. “She’s making those plans with friends and family to have plans for the future. I don’t think she would hurt herself or anything like that… If you’re in a bad situation, please reach out… We’re really concerned for you.”Anyone with information about Lueck’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000 and reference case No. 19-111129.This is a developing story.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Remains of Missing WWII Pilot Returned Family in Utah

Remains of Missing WWII Pilot Returned Family in UtahThe remains of a World War II pilot who disappeared 74 years ago while flying a mission over Germany were returned to his family in Utah.



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Utah teacher forces student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross

Utah teacher forces student to wash off Ash Wednesday crossSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she forced a Catholic student to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.



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Utah teacher forces boy to wipe Ash Wednesday cross off his forehead

Utah teacher forces boy to wipe Ash Wednesday cross off his foreheadAn elementary school teacher may face disciplinary action after she allegedlymade a young student wipe a religious symbol off his head in front of hisclass



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Utah teacher on leave after forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross

Utah teacher on leave after forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday crossA Utah school district has placed a teacher on administrative leave for forcing a student to remove the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.



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'Bird Box' challenge to blame for car wreck in Utah, police say

'Bird Box' challenge to blame for car wreck in Utah, police sayDespite warnings from Netflix and just general common sense, it looks like people are still participating in that stupid Bird Box Challenge. Now, it has reportedly caused a car crash. 

On Friday morning, the Layton Police Department of Layton, Utah shared the images showing the aftermath of a car crash in which one of the drivers was allegedly trying to drive with their eyes covered. They reportedly called out the Bird Box Challenge specifically.

> Bird Box Challenge while driving…predictable result. This happened on Monday as a result of the driver covering her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Luckily no injuries. pic.twitter.com/4DvYzrmDA2
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> — Layton Police (@laytonpolice) January 11, 2019

Police told KSL that the driver, a 17-year-old girl, was driving the pickup truck seen in the photos above on Monday when the incident occurred. Additionally, Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman said of the 17-year-old driver:

Of course, if you've seen Bird Box, you know there's a scene in which several characters make a white-knuckle drive in a car with the windows covered, and it's hardly a smooth ride. 

SEE ALSO: Absolutely no one knows the meaning of 'Bird Box' so just stop asking

It's also — and I can't believe we're at the point where this actually has to be said — an incredibly dangerous stunt to pull off the in real world. 

Luckily, no one was hurt as a result of the crash. But whatever punishment the driver faces, authorities should also consider revoking their Netflix account if this is how they're gonna behave.

## WATCH: Netflix is begging people to stop doing the 'Bird Box' challenge



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