WILBER – Two suspects in the death of Sydney Loofe, of Lincoln, today were ordered held without bond by Saline County Judge Linda Bauer.
Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell made initial Saline County Court appearances, by a video connection from the Saline County Detention Center, where they are being held.
Both Trail and Boswell are charged with first-degree murder and unlawful abandonment of human remains, in connection with the disappearance and discovery of Loofe’s body last November, in a Clay County, Nebraska farm field. The murder charges allege the Lincoln Menard’s employee was killed in Saline County, either November 15th or 16th of last year……and that her body was disposed of between November 15th and the 30th.
Judge Bauer set the next hearings for both Trail and Boswell for June 19th, when both will tell the court whether they want a preliminary hearing on the felony charges.
Trail told the judge he did not want to be represented by counsel in today’s hearing and had an attorney arriving, tomorrow. Judge Bauer appointed standby counsel of Joseph Murray and Benjamin Murray and kept the June 19th hearing in place to determine whether a preliminary would be held. The judge appointed the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy to represent Boswell.
The murder charges carry the potential of life in prison, or death. The charges alleging unlawful abandoning of human remains carry a possible sentence of up to two years in prison, and nine to twelve months post-release supervision.
Prosecutors in the case include Saline County Attorney Tad Eickmann and special appointed prosecutors from the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, Michael Guinan and Corey O’Brien.
According to arrest affidavits, prosecutors allege that Loofe’s cause of death was “homicidal violence including strangulation”. They allege an extension cord was used to strangle the victim. Prosecutors also allege that security camera video from a Home Depot Store in Lincoln on November 15th, showed Trail and Boswell allegedly purchasing tools and supplies prosecutors believe were used in the dismemberment and disposal of Loofe’s body.
Partial remains of Loofe were found in Clay County, December 4th. Additional remains were found the day after. Authorities say dismembered remains were found in several garbage bags, east of Clay Center.