A 24-year-old woman in Nebraska has vanished after setting up an online date. Her family now fears that she has been abducted.
"Sydney [Loofe] still hasn’t returned home,” her mom, Susie Loofe, wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday. “We’ve had very few leads but haven’t lost our hope that she will return safely soon.”
As People reported, Police Chief Jim Bliemeister said in a Tuesday morning news conference that the disappearance is disturbing.
“Circumstances surrounding her disappearance are concerning,” he said, explaining that multiple investigators were working the case along with the sheriff’s office and Sydney’s family.
The young woman was reported missing on Thursday. The day before, she went on a date with someone she met online, a police spokesperson told People. She apparently sent a Snapchat message to a friend earlier in the day before her date.
Since her disappearance, Sydney's phone has been turned off or has died. The last cellphone tower it pinged was near Wilber, Nebraska, some 40 miles away from her Lincoln apartment. As the Lincoln Journal Star shared, she was reported missing on November 16 after she didn't show up to work.
“We don’t even know truly where to start,” Sydney’s mom said. “It’s a waiting game.”
Her parents believe their daughter was planning to return home after her date. They said it's "extremely odd" that she didn't have her cellphone on and that her car and cat, Nimzy, were left at her home.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Lincoln police at 402-441-600 or 402-887-4148.