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Different Approach in Landfill Search for Lori Hacking

Different Approach in Landfill Search for Lori Hacking

Posted - Sep. 14, 2004 at 8:11 a.m.



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Amanda Butterfield reporting A new focus, a new hope. A different approach in the search for Lori Hacking's remains could bring nearly two months of police efforts to an end.

Today, Salt Lake City police will announce plans to change their tactics as they look for Lori Hacking's body at the Salt Lake County landfill.

Officers have tried for several weeks to search the landfill to find Lori Hacking's body.

Investigators say her husband Mark killed Lori and then disposed of her remains in a Salt Lake area dumpster.

Cadaver dogs and detectives have dug through the trash since late July. Heavy machinery was used to spread trash piles much thinner yesterday, so crews could go through it by hand.

Law enforcement volunteers will now piece through the garbage, hoping to stumble across Lori's body.

Dwayne Baird/ Salt Lake Police Dept.: "I think it has to do with the fact that it's Lori Hacking and they want to find her and put this case to rest. They want to help the family and make sure we do everything we can to bring her home to her family."

Some of the volunteer searchers will include firefighters, police, and paramedics.

Police admit they are not positive that Lori Hacking's body is IN the landfill but do say they are not ready to walk away from their only lead.

Mark Hacking allegedly admitted to killing his wife, and leaving her body in a dumpster near his work.

Detectives have found a few items inside the landfill that may have been from the same trash dumpsters where Lori was said to be placed. But that information didn't help to further their case.

Salt Lake Police say this approach to their search is more methodical and note that cadaver dogs will no longer be used due to problems with scheduling.

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