A body believed to be that of a missing Nebraska woman who disappeared after a Tinder date last month has been found — and there’s “evidence of foul play,” police said as two persons of interest in the case remain behind bars.
Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister told reporters during a news conference Tuesday that “analysis of digital evidence” led authorities to the female body, which they believe is that of Sydney Loofe. The 24-year-old Lincoln woman was reported missing Nov. 16, one day after she apparently went on a date with a woman in nearby Wilber whom she met through the online dating app, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.
“We do believe that there is evidence of foul play,” Bliemeister said, declining to elaborate.
Two people named as persons of interest in Loofe’s disappearance, Aubrey Trail, 51, and Bailey Boswell, the 23-year-old woman she met online, remained jailed Tuesday on a hold by the US Marshals Service. The couple had lived in nearby Wilber, but left Nebraska after Loofe disappeared, according to the newspaper.
“We’re continuing to speak with Aubrey Trail and we’ll continue to do so as long as he’s willing to do that,” Bliemeister said, adding that the pair had not been charged in Loofe’s disappearance as of early Tuesday.
Bliemeister said investigators have a “strong belief” that the body found in an open area of Clay County is that of Loofe, but formal confirmation will be made in coming days, USA Today reports.
Loofe’s parents, meanwhile, acknowledged their daughter’s death late Monday in a Facebook page dedicated to finding the young woman.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we share this most recent update with you all,” George and Susie Loofe wrote. “Please continue to pray for Sydney and our entire family. May God grant eternal rest unto thee. We love you Sydney.”
Bliemeister stressed that investigators believe there’s no ongoing threat to the public, although no one had been charged in Loofe’s disappearance. He acknowledged that Boswell had confirmed on social media that she did indeed meet with Loofe prior to her being reported missing, USA Today reports.
“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.”
Loofe, according to the Journal Star, grew up in Neligh, where her father is a high school principal and her mother works for the school district. She was remembered as a polite and empathetic person who chipped in whenever needed.
“She’s the kind of person the world needs more of,” friend Terra Gehrig told the newspaper. “She has a very good heart.”
Susie Loofe said she knew something when her daughter’s cat, Nimzy, was found at her home when she didn’t report to work on Nov. 16.
“She wouldn’t leave her cat,” Susie Loofe told the newspaper last month. “She was planning on coming home that night. Everything left in her house points that she was.”