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Search for Lori Hacking to Resume Tuesday

Search for Lori Hacking to Resume Tuesday

Posted - Sep. 11, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- With the arrival of cooler temperatures, police will begin searching the Salt Lake County landfill during the day as they try to find the remains of Lori Hacking.

The search for Hacking, missing since July 19, has been limited to night because it was too hot for officers and cadaver dogs to sift through thousands of tons of garbage during the day.

The search is scheduled to resume Tuesday, without the dogs that have been trying to pick up a scent amid the debris.

"It will be more of a visual and hand search," Detective Phil Eslinger said. "We're not relying on the scent trail. We're relying on what police can see."

The officers are expected to work 10-hour shifts and search for up to several months.

"We are going to do a complete and thorough search," Eslinger said. "It will last until we're finished going through the items or we find what we're looking for."

Hacking was reported missing by her husband, Mark, the morning of July 19. He said she never returned from a morning jog and prompted a community-wide search for his 27-year-old wife.

But Mark Hacking's story quickly unraveled and he has been charged with murder. Police say he confessed to his brothers that he shot her in the head as she lay sleeping, then dumped the body and the gun in separate trash bins.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 23.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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