Two people claiming to be the “persons of interest” at the center of the investigation into the disappearance of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe posted a video Wednesday, proclaiming their innocence and claiming they’ve been made scapegoats by the police and media. A day after Lincoln police asked for help in locating Aubrey C. Trail, 51, and Bailey M. Boswell, 23, who police said had “additional information” concerning Loofe’s disappearance, the couple posted a cellphone video titled “Our Side Of It” to the Facebook page Finding Sydney Loofe.
“I just want the family to know that I’m truly sorry and I didn’t have anything to do with this, and I hope that Sydney is found very soon,” a woman claiming to be Boswell said in the 9-minute video, which has since been removed.
Loofe went missing after going on two dates with a woman she met online named “Audrey.” Friend Terra Gehrig told the Lincoln Journal Star Loofe was excited about going on a second date with the women she called her “dream girl.” However, Gehrig immediately sensed something was amiss when Loofe missed her shift the next day at a Menards home improvement center in Lincoln, Nebraska where they both worked.
According to her Facebook video, “Audrey” was in fact Bailey M. Boswell.
“I’m Bailey, Audrey on Tinder and a few other names because I have warrants,” the woman said, a hood pulled over her head and large sunglasses to mask her appearance. Boswell explained she went on two dates with Loofe, which according to her involved smoking weed and driving around Lincoln, Nebraska.
On the second date, they went back to Boswell’s house where they smoked concentrated marijuana extracts, known for their powerful high, saying, “We smoked wax and shatter and I gave her a quarter ounce of some really good weed.”
Boswell claimed afterward she dropped Loofe off at a friend’s house. She also claimed she told all of this to the Lincoln Police Department “more than one time.”
For his part, Trail claimed in the video that he and Boswell contacted the Lincoln Police Department on the day before Thanksgiving after learning they wanted to talk to them.
“We were told to quit blowing up their phone even though we told them, ‘Do you understand that we’re the people you’re looking for?’ They said, ‘You called here several times. We will get back to you when we can,'” he said.
While the nature of Trail and Boswell’s relationship is unclear, Trail claimed the couple has been “crucified” in both the newspapers and on Facebook.
In reference to the police department, Trail said, “As far as I’m concerned, they’re chasing us around like dogs.”
The video was taken down soon after it was posted, but has been uploaded to YouTube. According to the Lincoln Star Journal, a spokeswoman for the Lincoln Police Department said investigators are "analyzing the video and it's too early for us to provide a statement."
Trail and Boswell’s whereabouts are currently unknown, and they are still being sought by police. Meanwhile, the search for Sydney Loofe continues. Police describe her as 5-foot-7 and weighing 135 pounds, and she was last seen wearing a white Columbia jacket and a cream-colored shirt.
[Photo: Lincoln Police Department]