Unexpected halt to search for woman

AUTHORITIES investigating the case of a missing woman were surprised by her relatives’ announcement that new information from her husband had prompted them to tell volunteers to stop searching for her.

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

Police were planning a news conference late last night. Investigators said they had not heard from the Hackings’ relatives and were trying to reach them.

“If they’ve got information that’s breaking, that’s something we need to hear about,” said Detective Phil Eslinger.

Eslinger said detectives were trying to arrange a meeting with Mark Hacking’s parents, Douglas and Janet Hacking, who refused to comment when contacted.

Lori Hacking, aged 27, has been missing since July 19, when Mark Hacking told authorities that she failed to return from an early morning jog. Lori Hacking’s father, Eraldo Soares, said late on Saturday he was unaware of any new information about his daughter.

The organised search for Lori Hacking was called off by the families earlier this week, a decision they said was made out of concern for the volunteers’ safety.

Mark Hacking’s credibility has crumbled amid revelations 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’d taken a room.

Investigators focused on Hacking, aged 28, after learning he was at a store buying a new mattress just before reporting his wife missing. Authorities were later seen removing a box spring from the couple’s apartment. Investigators have refused to confirm reports that they found a mattress in a nearby trash bin.

Hacking has not been charged.

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