The last time family and friends saw 24-year-old Sydney Loofe was in a Snapchat as she was preparing for a second date with a woman she met on Tinder.
Just like many others, the popular dating app leads to 1 million dates a week
Loofe was last seen smiling in the photo on November 15, writing “ready for my date” before vanishing.
Now, her date, 23-year-old Bailey Boswell and roommate 51-year-old Aubrey Trail are called persons of interest by Nebraska police.
Chief Jeff Bliemeister of the Lincoln Police Department said, “By their own statements on social media, we believe that Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell were two of the last people known to have been with Sydney prior to her disappearance… By their own statements on social media, we believe that Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell were two of the last people known to have been with Sydney prior to her disappearance,”
The search for Loofe began when she missed a shift at the home improvement store where she worked.
George Loofe, Sydney Loofe’s father pleaded for help, saying “Someone knows something. Please, please do the right thing. Thank you.”
Police and the FBI began their search, combing through digital evidence and looking for Boswell and Trail, who allegedly left town after Sydney’s disappearance.
Trail said, “We’ve spent the last few days watching ourselves being slammed and crucified… We thought it was time we had our say.”
The two posting the now-deleted video to social media
Boswell said in the video that she dropped Sydney off after their date
Boswell said “She asked me to drop her off at a friend’s house, I did so, I gave her my number… I mean I haven’t heard from her since”
The pair now in police custody, reportedly being held on a federal “person of interest” warrant in the disappearance of Loofe.
And Tuesday, 20 days after she vanished, digital clues led authorities to what they believe to be Loofe’s body.
Chief Bliemeister said, “We do believe that there is evidence of foul play.”
Sydney Loofe’s family, reacted to the news on Facebook, said “May God grant eternal rest unto thee. We love you Sydney.”
Her friends say she was careful when using the dating app
Terra Gehrig said, “She usually always sent a picture of the person that she was going on a date with. She’d let us know whether it was going to be at her house, their house or in public.”
According to the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of American adults have used an online dating site or mobile dating app, and police around the country have issued safety warnings to online daters after catfishing, robberies and worse.
In 2015 criminals in Boston used fake online dating profiles to identify robbery targets, getting women to agree to meet them for a dinner date at home and then robbing them at gunpoint when they arrived.