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The husband of a missing 27-year-old Salt Lake City woman never enrolled in a North Carolina medical school, his shocked family members acknowledged Wednesday just moments after police told them of the development.

Mark Hacking's relatives had said he and wife Lori were planning to move to North Carolina next week. But his father, Douglas Hacking, said Wednesday that family members found out his son apparently never applied to the medical school.

Family members initially said Mark Hacking had graduated from the University of Utah with a psychology degree and was employed at the U.'s Neuropsychiatric Institute as an orderly.

Sondra Miller, senior associate registrar at the U., said Wednesday the school had no record of Mark Hacking's graduation, but said he attended school there between spring 1999 and fall 2002.

Officials at the Neuropsychiatric Institute said Wednesday Mark Hacking is currently employed there.

Mark Hacking was absent from the search headquarters Tuesday, and family members said he was in a safe place.

Police said they had searched the couple's apartment and had impounded both of their cars, but would not say what evidence was collected.

Douglas Hacking promised to discuss the discrepancy in his son's story with Mark later this evening and will hold another press conference in the morning.

The family could not say how this information may be involved in Lori Hacking's disappearance.