Ayoola ‘AJ’ Ajayi has been taken into custody (video below) as the suspect in the death of a missing Utah co-ed.
Ajayi’s home has been the central focus where the local police have been searching and literally digging for answers.
The Salt Lake City authorities were able to piece together the phone records of Ayoola ‘AJ’ Ajayi and the missing Utah co-ed to successfully confirm that the suspect picked up Mackenzie Lueck at a nearby park after she arrived at the Salt Lake City Airport from Los Angeles. She had traveled to LA to attend the funeral of her grandmother.
WHO IS THE SUSPECT?
Ajayi claims he was an Army IT analyst but a statement from the Army tells a different story:
“Private Ajayi was a member of the 214th Forward Support Company based out of Tooele, Utah, but did not attend Basic Training or Advanced Individual Training. As a result, he did not receive any certificates or awards from the Army National Guard. He was therefore ineligible to deploy or conduct any tours of duty with the Utah Army National Guard.”
“BORN AND RAISED IN AFRICA”
According to Heavy.com, there is a self-published book for sale on Amazon called “Forge Identity.” The author, Ayoola Ajayi, says in his bio: “Ayoola Ajayi was born and raised in Africa. He has been a salesman, an entrepreneur, and a writer. He has survived a tyrannical dictatorship, escaped a real-life crime, traveled internationally, excelled professionally in several industries, and is currently curating a multi-platform advertising campaign for his debut novel, Forge Identity, a sample of which can be found on Kindle, Amazon, Facebook, and any current social media. He lives in salt lake.”
Ajayi’s booking record in the jail says he was born in Nigeria and was also called “Joy” and “AJ.” His full name is Ayoola Adisa Ajayi.
According to KSL, the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office confirmed Friday Ajayi is originally from Nigeria and holds a green card. Green cards allow its holder to retain permanent residence in the country, as long as the person abides by all laws.
Committing a crime of moral turpitude, such as the charges Ajayi faces now, could bring grounds for deportation.
He denied any personal contact with the co-ed but his cell phone says otherwise according to police officers.
The home that Ayoola ‘AJ’ Ajayi owns is listed on Airbnb offering to rent out a basement bedroom for $40.
A key development in the case according to the Daily Mail was when a handyman came forward to report to the authorities that Ayoola ‘AJ’ Ajayi wanted him to build a secret sound-proof room in the basement with hooks on the wall. He commented that he wanted it done before his girlfriend arrived home from out of town. The handyman was obviously creeped out by this request and said he was too busy to do the work.
Fox News is reporting a cleaning lady who cleaned the house a few months ago says there were cameras “everywhere” in the house. There were three cameras in the bedroom.
The home was searched inside and out. Authorities found that the suspect had burned the remains of Lueck in his back yard. In fact, neighbors reported that the suspect had been seen burning something in his back yard a few days ago. The fragments of human remains were tested and matched the DNA of Lueck.
‘AJ’ Ajayi, 31, was taken into custody earlier today by the local SWAT team and charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, desecration of a human body and obstruction of justice.
RIGHT NOW: A large police presence at 1000 S West Temple where one man has been arrested. Salt Lake City police saying they have taken one person into custody regarding the Mackenzie Lueck case. LIVE COVERAGE: https://t.co/hBAV91O7Cu pic.twitter.com/tdIlP9x1Fb
— KSL 5 TV (@KSL5TV) June 28, 2019
Please pray for the Lueck family. Beautiful Mackenzie Lueck is pictured below:
This is a developing story.