Sydney Loofe’s father gave an impassioned plea for help finding her Thursday, moments after law enforcement apprehended two people they described as persons of interest in her disappearance.
"In my opinion, someone knows something," George Loofe told reporters during a news conference at the Hall of Justice in Lincoln. "Please do the right thing."
Sydney Loofe, 24, has been missing for two weeks. The FBI has set up a dedicated tip line specifically for information related to her case: 402-493-8688, option 1.
Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister answered quickly when asked if there is still hope she could be found alive.
“Yes," the chief said. "Absolutely."
The persons of interest, Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell, were being held without bond early Friday at the Taney County Jail in Forsyth, Missouri, about five miles northeast of Branson, according to online jail records.
Randy Thysse, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Omaha, said the FBI still is seeking information from the public on Loofe's whereabouts and the investigation, describing the search as "a very fluid situation."
Trail and Boswell were arrested on warrants unrelated to Loofe's disappearance, Bliemeister said. Jail records indicated both were booked on federal holds.
The two did not turn themselves in to law enforcement, the chief told the Journal Star on Thursday, despite Trail saying in a video posted on social media overnight that he and Boswell had "pretty much decided" to come forward.
Bliemeister declined to say whether the videos helped law enforcement track down the pair.
He said investigators have received written correspondence that they believe was authored by Boswell, and that they are analyzing it and comparing it with other statements she made over the phone to a Lincoln investigator.
Investigators from Lincoln, the Saline County Sheriff's Office and the FBI arrived at Trail and Boswell's location around 2 p.m. Thursday hoping to learn whether the two could provide additional information to aid in the search for Loofe, Bliemeister said.
There was no word late Thursday as to whether they were cooperating.
Investigators also were evaluating digital information they continue to receive from telecommunication providers, Bliemeister said. They intend to use that information, along with whatever can be gleaned from interviews with Trail and Boswell, to direct future search efforts.
"The primary focus is on finding Sydney," the chief said.
In Neligh, where George Loofe is a high school principal, and his wife, Susie, is a resource teacher, community members rallied around the family, selling buttons and planning to wear green at a Neligh-Oakdale and Ewing basketball game Thursday night to raise awareness about the case.
Bliemeister said local and federal law enforcement have been "working diligently" to find Sydney Loofe since her mom reported her missing Nov. 16, after she missed work at Menards in north Lincoln. Police have said Loofe was last seen in Wilber the night of Nov. 15.
Searches in the Wilber and Clatonia areas this week did not turn up any new evidence that could lead to where Loofe might be, Bliemeister said. He said a rumor that Loofe's cellphone was found buried in a yard near where Trail and Boswell lived is "not true.”
Police publicly identified Trail and Boswell as persons of interest in the case earlier this week. Since then, the pair have posted at least three videos on social media denying any role in Loofe's disappearance.
In a 10-minute video posted overnight Wednesday, Trail dismissed several theories that circulated on social media after Trail, 51, and Boswell, 23, were named by police.
"Not saying I'm a nice guy. I'm a crook, I'm a thief — have been all my life. OK? But I'm not what you're trying to make me out to be,” he said.
Thursday, Boswell was being held on a misdemeanor warrant for missing a court date last year in Lincoln, where she was accused of possessing less than 1 ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. And Trail was being held on a newly filed case in Saline County, where he's accused of being a habitual criminal and a felon in possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors asked to file the affidavit for Trail's arrest warrant under seal "due to the sensitive nature of these matters and the likelihood that individuals who are key witnesses or additional participants in this matter may flee the state of Nebraska if this matter is disclosed."
Even now that investigators have located the pair, Thysse said law enforcement officials are seeking any and all information about where Sydney Loofe could be.
"We're all committed and we are applying all of our resources to help bring Sydney home,” he said.