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Hacking Bought New Mattress Day of Wife's Disappearance

Hacking Bought New Mattress Day of Wife's Disappearance

Posted - Jul. 22, 2004 at 9:50 p.m.



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New details emerge about how Mark Hacking spent the hours immediately following his wife's disappearance.

But despite a growing cloud of suspicion... family members remain staunchly supportive of Mark, as the search continues for his wife Lori.

"I love him and I don't have any doubts about him. I know that once that Lori is found, that everything will be solved."

Eyewitness News just learned that Mark Hacking bought a brand new mattress, at about the same time he was reporting his wife's disappearance to police.

Lori Hacking's car was found parked at Memory Grove where she reportedly went for a jog early Monday morning.

The owner of a mattress store told KSL that Mark Hacking was there Monday morning at 10:20 a.m., and bought a new mattress, but no box spring. Store officials say police came there with the receipt Monday afternoon.

It's a curious development, because the Hackings were preparing to move across the country and police confirm a box spring was one of several items they confiscated from the Hacking's apartment as part of their investigation.

Overall however, police remain very quiet about this case, but their investigation appears to be focusing more at the Hacking apartment now, instead of Memory Grove, where Lori disappeared.

Trained police dogs sniff a garbage dumpster outside of the Hacking's apartment building tonight. It was the final stop for the dogs, after detectives led them on a systematic search of at least ten other trash dumpsters along 100 South, in the Hacking's neighborhood.

While the dogs may only be a routine part of the investigation, the police are saying virturally nothing about where their case stands.

Det. Dwayne Baird, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "Based on the fact it may be evidence, I wouldn't be at liberty to discuss the details or nature of that at this point."

Now that Mark Hacking's fabricated plans for medical school have been exposed, the timing of Lori's disappearance just days before they were to move to North Carolina appears to be more than a coincidence.

Police say he is NOT a suspect, only one of many 'persons of interest.'

Family members today confirmed Mark is hospitalized, but say he is anxiously waiting for any news of Lori.

Lance Hacking, Lori's Brother: "Mark immediately wanted to know what and if there was something he could do."

Mark's family also says he is relieved they know he lied about medical school, ending years of trying to live up to a high standard of success.

Douglas Hacking, Mark's Father: "He has two older brothers who are high achievers... Physician and electrical engineer... And he felt he had some pressure to excel as well.”

So how long will Mark Hacking be hospitalized? Family members say th

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