A Nebraska woman who vanished after an online date was strangled by two longtime suspects in her death — and surveillance footage shows the depraved duo shopping for the tools they used to butcher her remains, prosecutors say.
Bailey Boswell, 23, and Aubrey Trail, 51, were charged Tuesday with murdering Sydney Loofe, whose disappearance last November was preceded by a haunting Snapchat post captioned “Ready for my date.”
Boswell, who met and romanced Loofe through Tinder, was eyed as a “person of interest” alongside Trail, her roommate, almost immediately after the 24-year-old victim went missing — but both had evaded charges for months.
Boswell and Trail have repeatedly claimed that Loofe’s death was an accident.
The pair in December even posted a bizarre cell phone video to Facebook in which Boswell, wearing a hood and sunglasses, discussed her online relationship with Loofe, while Trail claimed police were withholding proof of their innocence.
In an unsealed arrest affidavit, investigators said Trail and Boswell were caught on video at a Home Depot in Lincoln — just hours before Loofe’s disappearance was reported — buying the tools they would use to dismember her corpse.
(Aubrey Trail, left, and Bailey Boswell, right, via Taney County Jail)
Authorities say Loofe and Boswell met up for the first time on Nov. 14, then planned another get-together the following night.
But Loofe never returned from the second date.
About three weeks after she was reported missing, authorities found her severed remains stuffed into garbage bags and dumped in a field about 90 miles southwest of Lincoln.
Trail eventually admitted to investigators that he strangled Loofe with an extension cord, prosecutors say.
Authorities believe Boswell, who lived with Trail in Wilber, Neb., helped to dismember Loofe’s body and ditch her remains.
Trail and Boswell were arrested on unrelated fraud charges shortly after Loofe’s death.
Officials have yet to suggest a motive for the killing.
With News Wire Services