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.