Investigators in Sydney Loofe case search route from Wilber to where body was found

WILBER, Neb. — Law enforcement officials were out searching again Wednesday for clues in the death of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe.

A spokesman for the FBI declined to provide details about what was being sought in searches just west of this southeastern town.

Wilber was the home of two people, Aubrey Trail, 51, and Bailey Boswell, 23, who are being held as “persons of interest” in Loofe’s disappearance.

The searches, along Nebraska Highway 41, would be on a route of travel from Wilber to where a body thought to be Loofe’s was found Monday in a farming area about 60 miles to the west in Clay County.

“We can’t get into specifics,” FBI spokesman Huston Pullen said Wednesday. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything right by Sydney and her family.”

He urged patience from the public for developments in a tragic case that included bizarre videos posted on social media last week by Trail and Boswell professing their innocence.

Loofe, a native of Neligh, Nebraska, was reported missing on Nov. 16 after she failed to report for work at a Menards store in north Lincoln, where she was living.

Family members said that before she disappeared, she had gone on a date with a woman named “Audrey” she met through an online dating service.

That led authorities to Wilber, southwest of Lincoln, where they searched a basement apartment where Trail and Boswell had lived, as well as areas in and around the farming town.

Trail and Boswell were arrested Nov. 30 near Branson, Missouri, and are now being held at the Saline County Jail in Wilber.

Saline County Attorney Tad Eickman said Wednesday that state charges he had filed against Trail, including possession of a firearm by a felon, were on hold pending any action by federal prosecutors.

Loofe’s family announced Monday night that her body had been found, but the FBI has said it is awaiting autopsy results.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” said Pullen. “We’re still putting the pieces together to find out what happened.”

He urged people with information about the case to contact law enforcement.

Pullen also said that a candlelight vigil for Loofe is scheduled Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln.

Memorial services for Loofe will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh. Visitation with the family will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh.

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