Hacking family: More searches unnecessary
Aug. 1, 2004
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Sunday August 1, 2004
Missing woman’s husband offers new information, family says
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CNN) — The family of a missing Utah woman said her husband has given them information that makes the search for Lori Hacking unnecessary.
Family members would not divulge the information and police said they were unaware of any such information.
Mark Hacking, Lori’s husband, remained hospitalized at the University of Utah Hospital’s psychiatric ward where he was admitted after he reported his wife missing the morning of July 19.
A police official told CNN they have not talked to Hacking in several days.
Lori Hacking’s parents and Mark Hacking’s parents issued a joint statement Saturday evening asking “all efforts from volunteers cease” in the search.
“The families understand that Mark Hacking has provided information that makes it unnecessary for individuals or groups to continue the volunteer search,” the written statement said.
The families’ statement did not specify to whom Hacking has given new information.
Police called off their search at the city’s landfill Thursday night after three days of searching with cadaver-sniffing dogs. Searchers were concentrating on a two-acre area for 10 days, moving around about 2,500 tons of garbage a day.
Thousands of volunteers searched the park where Lori Hacking’s car was found and the neighborhood where the couple lived. Those searches were called off several days ago.
Mark Hacking told police his wife never returned from an early morning outing. He has told police the couple recently discovered she was pregnant.
Police have said that Hacking is not a suspect in the case.
The couple had been planning to move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Hacking had said he had been accepted to medical school at the University of North Carolina. But Hacking’s family revealed last week that he had lied about medical school, and about graduating from the University of Utah.
Police said last week that Mark Hacking telephoned friends around 10 a.m. June 19 to say his wife was missing. About 50 minutes later, he telephoned police. During the interim, he bought a queen-size mattress, without a box spring, police said.
Last week, authorities removed a box spring from the couple’s apartment.
Police also investigated the discovery of a clump of brown hair in a garbage bin near the store where Hacking bought the mattress. A detective told CNN that someone called police and reported finding the hair at a car wash less than a block from the store. Lori Hacking has brown hair.
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