Contractor says suspect in killing of Utah college student asked him to build a secret room


(CNN)– A contractor says the man suspected of killing a University of Utah student who vanished nearly two weeks ago had asked him to build a secret soundproof room in his home.

Ayoola Ajayi, 31, was arrested Friday in connection with the disappearance of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. He’s expected to be charged with her murder and several other counts including, aggravated kidnapping, police have said.

The contractor, Brian Wolf, told CNN he met with Ajayi at his Salt Lake City home for a consult on some drywall work. Ajayi’s house is five miles from the park where the college student was last seen.

When Wolf arrived, he said, Ajayi asked him to build a room with a secret door before his Mormon girlfriend arrived in town.

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The room had to be soundproof with a few hooks installed up high, Wolf said.

Ajayi told Wolf he wanted to listen to music as loud as he could and wanted to install a wine-rack on the hooks, Wolf recalled. The contractor, who had been referred by a plumber, said he became nervous by Ajayi’s requests.

“People ask me to build all kind of stuff all the time, but nothing like this. This was just way too weird,” Wolf said.

He ended up declining the job.

“I just had a gut feeling it wasn’t a job I wanted to do,” Wolf said.”The pieces just didn’t add up in my head. Obviously, I’m happy I had nothing to do with it.”

The visit took place a few months ago, CNN affiliate KSTU reported.

Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said investigators have spoken with Wolf and were looking into his claims. Police are following up on hundreds of leads on the case, he said.

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