Police in Utah arrest spouse of missing woman

August 03, 2004|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Mark Hacking, who two weeks ago reported that his pregnant wife had disappeared after going for a morning jog in a Salt Lake City park, was arrested yesterday.

Police said that Hacking, 28, probably killed his 27-year-old wife, Lori, inside their apartment. He has not yet been formally charged.

"The reality is we guessed early on," Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse said at a news conference after Hacking's arrest. "I'm confident we have a good case."

Hacking was arrested about 11:45 a.m. at the psychiatric hospital where he had been receiving treatment since he was found running around naked outside a Salt Lake motel July 20, the day after he reported his wife missing. He is being held at the Salt Lake County Jail under a suicide watch.

Dinse would not comment on a motive for the crime or on how authorities believe Lori Hacking died. He said investigators have information that makes them confident that her body is somewhere in the Salt Lake Valley landfill, where detectives already have dug through 500 tons of trash. He also said evidence was gathered from the Hacking home, the couple's car and a trash bin a block from their apartment.

Dinse said that there was enough evidence - including the alleged murder weapon - to charge Mark Hacking even if his wife's remains are never found.

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