It was truly the Tinder date from hell.
A Nebraska couple has been charged for allegedly murdering a woman who was strangled, dismembered and left by the side of the road in garbage bag following a Tinder meetup.
Aubrey Trail, 53, and Bailey Boswell, 24 (pictured below), were charged Monday with first-degree murder and abandoning human skeletal remains. The pair had their first court appearance for the case Tuesday, according to the Omaha World-Herald, where court documents revealed disturbing details about the murder of Sydney Loofe, a 24-year-old Menard’s store clerk.
Boswell and Loofe met on Tinder in November 2017, according to KMTV in Omaha. They exchanged more than 130 messages before arranging to meet.
On November 15, around 10:30 a.m., Boswell and Trail were captured on security cams at a Home Depot in Lincoln. They were buying what investigators believe were accessories used to cut up and dispose of Loofe's body, according to court documents.
Later that night, Boswell showed up at Loofe's house for a date. The last activity on Loofe's phone was an hour and a half later in a town called Wilber, about 35 miles southwest of Lincoln.
The next day, according to court records, Loofe was reported missing and Trail and Boswells' upstairs landlord said there was a strong bleach smell coming from their basement apartment. Investigators linked Loofe and Boswell through their Tinder accounts.
Loofe's body wasn't found until December 4. It had been dismembered and put into trash bags on the side of a gravel road.
In the court records released Tuesday, Trail told investigators he strangled Loofe with an electrical cord and said Boswell helped him clean with bleach and get rid of the body. Authorities found Boswell's cellphone near the body as well.
Trail apparently admitted the murder to the Omaha World-Herald in January.
“I will say I am accountable for it,” Trail told the paper in a phone call from a federal prison. “The reason for it will all come out (later).”
Though authorities considered the couple persons of interest in the case, they weren't formally charged until Monday. They appeared in Saline County Court on Tuesday through video and were both denied bond. They'll be back in court June 19.
Trail and Boswell have been in jail since November on a separate case of cheating a Kansas couple out of $375,000 in a ploy involving a rare coin. They pleaded guilty in that case and are waiting to be sentenced.
[Photo: Saline County Sheriff's Office]