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Police in Lincoln, Nebraska have named two individuals as “persons of interest” in the desperate search for a missing 24-year-old woman who has not been seen since telling friends she was going on a Tinder date.
Sydney Loofe, of Lincoln, was reported missing November 16 after she told friends she was going out on a date with a person she met online the night prior. Police launched a full search and investigation into her disappearance and named Aubrey C. Trail, 51, and Bailey M. Boswell, 23, as persons of interest nearly two weeks later.
Trail has a long criminal past which includes prison sentences in numerous states. He and Boswell appeared to have been captured by surveillance cameras at a casino together in new photos that were released by authorities.
Here’s what you need to know about Trail, Boswell, Loofe and the investigation:
1. Loofe’s Last-Known Interaction Was a Snapchat Message Saying She Was Going on a Tinder Date
Loofe was reported missing after she missed a shift at work. She worked at a Menards home improvement store in north Lincoln, and it was unusual for her to miss a shift, especially without any notice. Her last known interaction was a Snapchat message indicating she was going on a date with someone who she met online, her parents told police. Loofe was last seen in Wilber, which is about 40 miles southwest of Lincoln, on November 15.
“My other daughter’s birthday was on (November 15) and Sydney texted her happy birthday,” Loofe’s mother, Susie, told the Huffington Post. “Later that evening, she shared a picture of herself, saying, ‘Ready for my date.’”
In the days that have followed, Loofe’s cell phone pinged a tower in the Wilber area but has since been shut off, police said. She rented a duplex in Loncoln, where her vehicle still sits in the driveway. Susie told the HuffPo that she assumes her daughter left the apartment with the person she intended on going on a date with and said she fears she was kidnapped.
“We feel it is an abduction — possible trafficking,” Loofe’s mother told the Huffington Post, adding that investigators have been tight-lipped on details. “But that’s how the family feels and not necessarily how the police department feels.”
KETV News reported that a friend said Loofe told her through text messages that she was planning on going out on a date with the same woman she went out with the previous night.
“She texted me and told me about the date she had (and) how great it went,” Terra Gehring told the news outlet. “She was excited to go on another date with her again (the night she went missing).”
Friends and family members held a candlelight vigil in honor of Loofe on November 22, with about a dozen people gathering outside of a church in Wilber. They held hands, lit candles and prayed that Loofe would return home safely.
“This morning I woke up and thought, ‘It’s time to do something,’” Wilber resident Eileen Campbell told KLKN-TV. “This community wants to rally around this, and so I just made a phone call and the ball started rolling from there.”
2. Trail & Boswell Were Named People of Interest by Police Nearly 2 Weeks Later
Police announced new details in Loofe’s disappearance November 28, nearly two weeks after she was first reported missing. Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said they were seeking Trail and Boswell, but didn’t specify how they were related to the case. A police news release indicated that the pair were “persons of interest identified during the investigation.”
“Bailey Boswell and Aubrey Trail are two people that we need to speak with, and (we) believe they have additional information concerning Sydney’s whereabouts,” Bliemeister told reporters at a press briefing November 28.
Trail is described as being 6-feet tall and about 284 pounds. Boswell is 5-foot-8 and weighs 150 pounds, police said in a news release.
While it’s unclear the connection of the three people, photos released by police appear to show Trail and Boswell in surveillance footage together inside some sort of business.
While it’s unconfirmed, one Twitter user matched the carpets in the photos and said it’s at Ameristar Casino.
3. Trail Has a Long Criminal Past &Amp; Was Sentenced to Prison for Issuing Bad Checks
Trail has a long criminal past spanning several states. In Iowa, Aubrey was arrested and charged with theft of the third degree in 1999 and had addition run-ins with the law in relation to theft. He was once arrested and charged with second-degree theft and sentenced to serve a 5-year prison sentence. He also has a number of traffic citations in Missouri.
In 2010, Trail was sentenced to a 4-year prison sentence in Missouri for passing multiple bad checks. He was also placed on unsupervised probation for two years and ordered to pay a $750 fine. He owed $1,560 in restitution to Lekin Auction Company for writing a check with a closed bank account.
An article by The Toledo Chronicle said that Trail had addresses of Falls City, Nebraska and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His last-known address, according to public records, is in Wilber, Nebraska, the town where Loofe was last seen.
The Lincoln Journal Star reported that authorities were seen searching for clues near the home on November 26, two days before they named Trail a person of interest.
“Investigators received and followed up on information that Sydney was in the Wilber, Nebraska, area,” Lincoln Police Officer Angela Sands wrote in a press release.
4. A Massive Search Effort is Underway to Find Loofe
A massive search effort has been underway ever since Loofe was reported missing November 16. A social media campaign to help find Loofe was launched, with the Facebook page “Finding Sydney Loofe” having nearly 15,000 followers as tips and leads into her disappearance being encouraged.
Police released a description of Loofe to help locate her, noting that she has blonde hair and multiple tattoos. She has a yin-yang tattoo on one of her forearms and the word “Believe” with a cross inside on her left wrist. The phrase, “Everything will be wonderful someday,” is tattooed on her right bicep. Loof stands 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white Columbia jacket an a cream-colored T-shirt underneath.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being asked to call 402-441-6000. Family members and friends are asking for assistance in putting up flyers around the area and are asking those interested in assisting to email FindingSydneyLoofe@gmail.com
5. A Fundraiser Has Been Started to Help Find Loofe
Loofe’s mother, Susie, started a funding campaign on FreeFunder to raise money to help assist in the search for Loofe.
“We are asking for help in bringing Sydney home,” the mother writes on the funding page. “If you feel compelled to help find our daughter, consider donating to help us fund the search further. We appreciate all of the support we have received so far.”
Susie said that “every penny we raise will go directly to the search for Sydney.” Any leftover funds will be donated to an organization which helps in finding missing people. In five days, the campaign raised over $3,000 toward its $30,000 goal.