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Hunt for Utah woman turns to landfill

New information from relatives cited

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mark Hacking directed a relative to give police new information about his wife's disappearance that has police renewing a search at a municipal landfill, detectives said yesterday.

Authorities investigating the case were surprised by the family's request that volunteers stop searching for Lori Hacking based on new detail from her husband.

The statement released late Saturday by the families of Mark and Lori Hacking did not say what Mark Hacking had told them.

Authorities would say only that the relative provided ''additional substantive new information," said Detective Dwayne Baird. He declined to elaborate.

Baird said police would renew a search at a municipal landfill. But cadaver dogs would not be available until Friday, when an all-night search can begin, he said.

Mark Hacking's parents, Douglas and Janet Hacking, declined to comment yesterday, as did his lawyer.

Lori Hacking, 27, has been missing since July 19, when her husband told authorities that she did not return from an early morning jog.

Lori Hacking's father, Eraldo Soares, said late Saturday that he was unaware of new information about his daughter.

The organized search for Lori Hacking was called off by the families earlier this week, a decision they said was made out of concern for volunteers' safety. The search was in neighborhoods, industrial areas, and canyons near where Lori Hacking was said to have been jogging on the morning she was reported missing.

Since that day, Mark Hacking's credibility has come into question amid disclosures that he lied to his wife about enrolling at medical school in North Carolina and about graduating from the University of Utah. The day after Mark Hacking reported his wife missing, he was taken to a psychiatric ward after he was seen running around at night naked outside a motel where he had taken a room.

Investigators focused on Mark Hacking, 28, after learning he was at a store buying a new mattress just before reporting his wife missing. Authorities later were seen removing a box spring from the couple's apartment.

Hacking has not been charged.

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