Family of Sydney Loofe doesn't recognize persons of interest

Published: Nov. 28, 2017 at 9:52 PM CST
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Lincoln Police released the names and photos of two persons of interest in connection with the disappearance of a Lincoln woman.

Sydney Loofe, 24, has been missing for nearly two weeks. Police said the last contact Loofe had with anyone was on Wednesday, November 15th. Earlier that day, Loofe sent a friend a Snapchat about being excited for an upcoming date. Friends said they became worried the following day when Loofe didn't show up to her job at Menards in Lincoln.

On Tuesday, Lincoln Police said Aubrey C .Trail, 51, and Bailey Boswell, 23, were both considered persons of interest in the case. LPD said the two people have connections in multiple states.

Paige Folkers says family was confused by the new details involving the disappearance of her cousin, Sydney Loofe.

“In Nebraska, you feel like you know everyone. I've never seen these people. I've never heard the names,” Folkers told 6 News.

The family isn't alone. One of the persons of interest supposedly lived in the town of Wilber – the last place Sydney's phone was pinged. A homeowner tells 6 News, Aubrey Trail lived in the basement of his property, but nobody 6 News talked to knows who Trail is or the other suspect, Bailey Boswell.

The increased police presence has the neighborhood buzzing.

“They found the phone buried deep beneath the yard up there,” said Edward Jansa. He’s lived in his Wilber home for 12 years, just across the street from Trail. He says he’s never seen him.

“I can't ever remember seeing that face around here,” he said.

Jansa thinks he saw Sydney in Crete around the time she vanished. He says he told authorities about it right away.

“I thought it was her face, but then again, who knows. I just got a glimpse of her in the car.”

It's tips like Jansa's that Sydney's family is grateful for. Flyers, billboards and postings have been shared all across the state.

“Seeing that sense of a community, is so, so comforting,” said Folkers.

Jansa just hopes tips lead to some good news for the family soon.

“What else can a person do? You can just tell them what you think you saw, and that's about it. Sometimes it leads to something good, sometimes it doesn't mean a damn thing,” he said.

“Between flyers and social media, we've just all been about shares and prayers," Folkers said.

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said the search is not restricted to Lincoln and Wilber, and he's urging anyone with information to contact authorities immediately.

"The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are concerning," Bliemeister said.

If you have any information that could help investigators or if you think you have spotted Sydney you can call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000 OR Antelope County Sheriff’s Office at 402-887-4148 or if it’s an emergency call 911.