Aubrey Trail, Bailey Boswell charged in Sydney Loofe’s death (copy)

June 12, 2018 GMT

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office on Monday filed first-degree murder charges against Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell in connection to the death of Sydney Loofe.

Investigators identified them early on as persons of interest in the 24-year-old Lincoln woman’s disappearance and death.

But, even following their arrests in late November, the case had seemed to be on hold, the pressure off prosecutors after the pair were indicted federally on an unrelated fraud of a Kansas couple that came out during the investigation into Loofe’s disappearance after a Nov. 15 date with Boswell at Wilber.

They had met on the mobile dating app Tinder.

Loofe’s disappearance got statewide attention after her family took to social media, took out billboards and made a plea to the public to help find her.

They reported her missing to Lincoln police on Nov. 16 after she didn’t show up for work at the north Lincoln Menards.

Trail and Boswell had skipped town in the meantime.

Almost two weeks later, police asked for the public’s help finding Boswell and Trail, who they described as persons of interest in the case and said were believed to be the last to have seen her alive.

The FBI arrested Boswell, 24, and Trail, 51, at a hotel near Branson, Missouri, on Nov. 30 and brought them back to Nebraska.

Investigators ultimately found Loofe’s remains -- and evidence of foul play in her death -- in rural Clay County on Dec. 4.

From the jail house, Trail claimed responsibility and called on prosecutors to charge him, almost seeming to challenge them. Ultimately, he said, Loofe’s death was an accident.

State prosecutors had kept mum about the investigation until Attorney General Doug Peterson’s office released a statement Monday just before 5 p.m. saying his office had charged Trail and Boswell with charged with first-degree murder and improper disposal of human skeletal remains.

The release didn’t say whether they would be seeking the death penalty and asked for privacy for Loofe’s family, who didn’t want to comment on the charges.

Trail and Boswell remained at the Saline County jail, where they were served with court papers Monday afternoon.

They are set to make their first appearances on the charges Tuesday at 11 a.m., where they will be told the charges and possible penalties and be appointed counsel.

The charges were filed under seal Monday, so further details of the investigation remain a secret for now.