Detective Wiley Reveals Killer Continued to Frequent Dating Site He Used to Meet Lueck Even After Police First Contacted Him
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Monday, March 22 – For the first time on network TV, the lead detectives in the murder investigation of college student MacKenzie Lueck speak out to NBC News’ Keith Morrison in a new Dateline NBC airing Thursday at 10pm ET/9pm CT.
Detective Nate Wiley reveals to Morrison that after police first contacted Ayoola Ajayi as a potential suspect, Ajayi continued to frequent the same dating site he had used to meet and then murder Lueck. Wiley said, “I mean you look at his profile pages on these sites and he comes across a gentleman, somebody that he truly isn’t and that’s the whole cautionary tale is you never know. Are they actually who they really say they are?”
To watch the exchange, click here.
The broadcast also features an exclusive interview with the Lyft driver who dropped Lueck off the night of her murder, as well as rarely seen interrogation and surveillance footage from the investigation. Morrison also speaks with Lueck’s friends Ashley Fine and Kennedy Stoner, private investigator Rob Joseph and more.
Lueck was murdered in 2019 after landing home in Salt Lake City and taking a Lyft to meet Ajayi, whom she had connected with on a site for young women looking to meet prosperous men.
Detective Nate Wiley: Even after we had made contact with him, he was still on that page, still trying to get a date.
Detective Tiffany Sayes: We don’t know why, you know, some selfish jerk used his position on a dating website to somehow ensnare this bright pretty woman and for what?
Detective Nate Wiley: I mean you look at his profile pages on these sites and he comes across a gentleman, somebody that he truly isn’t and that’s the whole cautionary tale is you never know. Are they actually who they really say they are?
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