Mark and Lori Hacking Archive

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‘Landmarks’ may lead police to Lori’s remains

Certain “landmarks” found in the Salt Lake County landfill have police believing they may be close to finding Lori Hacking‘s remains.

“We believe those items are from the same truck that she was in,” Salt Lake City police Detective Dwayne Baird said Tuesday. “It is certainly indicative that we are in the right location.”

Prosecutors say Mark Hacking shot his wife while she slept in their Salt Lake City apartment on July 19 and disposed of her body in a Dumpster outside of the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, where Hacking previously worked.

Baird said a garbage truck picked up the contents of that Dumpster along with trash from 36 other locations before dumping its load at the landfill.

“There is still a lot of material to go through there,” said Baird, noting that officers would resume the methodical search late Thursday.

Police, using cadaver dogs, have searched just under two-thirds of the 4,600 tons of trash dumped on July 19, and have said it may take weeks to finish going through the rest.

Mark Hacking, who is incarcerated in the Salt Lake County Jail, has been charged with Lori’s murder, which prosecutors say was motivated by Lori’s recent discovery of her husband’s academic deceits. Mark Hacking lied about graduating from the University of Utah and about being accepted by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill medical school, where the couple planned to move.

Hacking appears in court; Wife’s remains still missing

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mark Hacking, charged with killing his wife after she confronted him over deceptions about his education, appeared briefly in a heavily guarded courtroom Monday, guarded by armed deputies and looking puzzled.

Hacking said nothing as a judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for September 23.

Hacking’s first in-person court appearance came after police spent their 12th night searching a county landfill without finding Lori Hacking‘s body or a .22-caliber firearm they believe was the murder weapon.

His previous court appearance was by video feed from the county jail.

Hacking, 28, reported his wife missing July 19, setting off a weeklong community search by thousands of volunteers.

He is accused of killing his 27-year-old wife while she slept and dumping her body in a trash bin, according to his confession to brothers who visited him at a psychiatric ward where he was kept for 13 days after his wife’s disappearance.

No one from his family or his wife’s family was present at Monday’s court appearance, and the proceeding was over in minutes.

Lawyers for both sides said there had been no discussions of a plea bargain. Hacking hasn’t had to enter a plea yet; that will come sometime after his preliminary hearing.

Authorities believe Lori Hacking was killed after she learned her husband wasn’t enrolled in medical school in North Carolina, even though they were packing to move there.

Deputy district attorney Robert Stott said he was prepared to prosecute Hacking for murder even without a body or weapon. Hacking also has been charged with obstructing justice, accused of throwing Lori’s body, the gun and a bloody mattress in separate trash bins.