August 02, 2004 07:55 AM

In a sudden and possibly ominous turn of events, the family of missing Salt Lake City woman Lori Hacking has announced in a written statement that new information provided by Lori’s husband, Mark Hacking, makes it “unnecessary for individuals or groups to continue the volunteer search” for her.

The family also asked that the media and the public respect the family’s privacy at this time.

According to detectives, Mark Hacking, 28, directed a relative to give police new details about his wife’s disappearance that has police turning again to a municipal landfill, the Associated Press reports.

Detective Dwayne Baird would only say that the relatives had provided “additional substantive new information.” He declined further comment.

Baird said police would renew a search at a municipal landfill. Cadaver dogs would not be available until Friday, however, when the all-night searching can begin, he said. It is unclear why a search cannot begin sooner, or why dogs cannot be brought in from elsewhere.

Mark Hacking’s parents, Douglas and Janet Hacking, refused to comment Sunday, as did his lawyer.

Lori Hacking, 27, has been missing since July 19, when her husband told authorities that she failed to return from an early morning jog.

Mark Hacking’s credibility came into question last week, after revelations that he had repeatedly lied to his wife about his educational background and his acceptance to medical school in North Carolina. He is currently hospitalized and being treated for stress following a nervous breakdown since his wife’s disappearance, says his family.

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