The search for a Nebraska woman who disappeared last month after going on an online date ended Monday evening when authorities discovered her body in rural Clay County.
Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said that “digital evidence” led them to a body that belongs to Sydney Loofe, 24. Bliemeister also revealed that recovered evidence indicates that foul play was involved in her death, USA Today reported.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Loofe was reported missing on November 16, a day after she posted to social media about going on a date. At the time, police described her disappearance as “concerning.”
It's with heavy hearts that we share this most recent update with you all. Please continue to pray for Sydney and our entire family. May God grant eternal rest unto thee. We love you Sydney.
Police have identified Bailey Boswell, 23, the woman she went on the date with, and Boswell’s roommate, Aubrey Trail, 51, as persons of interest in the case. The pair allegedly fled the state shortly after Loofe’s disappearance and were arrested Thursday on unrelated charges in Branson, Missouri.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, the pair allegedly shared a video on “Finding Sydney,” a Facebook page the family created to collect tips pertaining to the missing 24-year-old. In the now-deleted video, titled “Our Side,” they reportedly claimed they contacted officers but never heard back.
Boswell also said in the video that she went on two dates with Loofe. She claimed the first date entailed Loofe and her driving around and smoking marijuana before dropping Loofe off.
The pair went on a date the next day, where Boswell said they also drove around and smoked before they went to Boswell’s home and continued to smoke. She claimed she dropped Loofe off at a friend’s home and that was the last time she heard from her, according to the local paper.
In the nine-minute video, Trail said he “wasn’t running from anything” and joked that he’s “just a criminal so you’re not going to believe” what he says.
“By their own statements on social media, we believe that Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell were two of the last people to see her before her disappearance,” Bliemeister said.
“Thus they remain persons of interest.”
The police chief went on to stress that neither Boswell nor Trail have been charged in connection with Loofe’s disappearance or death.
This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.
[Featured Image: Sydney Loofe/Lincoln Police Department]