A Lincoln woman's disappearance after she went on a date Wednesday with someone she met online is suspicious, her parents said Monday.
Police on Monday released no new information in the case of Sydney Loofe, a 24-year-old Menards cashier, but said investigators continue to chase leads.
Loofe was reported missing Nov. 16 after she didn't show up to work that day at the Menards location on 27th Street and Cornhusker Highway.
The night before, she had sent friends a Snapchat message about a date she had scheduled.
Her last known location was Wilber, 40 miles southwest of Lincoln, according to a police spokeswoman. Loofe's phone pinged off a cellphone tower in that area but has since been disabled, according to a flier being circulated by family members who fear she's been abducted.
Her parents, Susie and George Loofe of Neligh, said it's "extremely odd" their daughter didn't have her cellphone on and that her car and cat, Mimzy, were left at her home in northeast Lincoln.
"She was planning on coming home that night," Susie Loofe said.
Lincoln police officers were in Wilber with Saline County sheriff's deputies on Sunday, Officer Angela Sands confirmed Monday.
"Investigators received and followed up on information that Sydney was in the Wilber, Nebraska, area," Sands said in a news release. "They are continuing to look into this possibility."
What, if anything, investigators found in a search on the south end of town Sunday was not disclosed to the Loofes, they said.
Sydney Loofe moved to Lincoln six or seven years ago after graduating from Neligh-Oakdale High School, where her father is the principal, they said. She came here after receiving a transfer from the Menards in Norfolk. Her two siblings also lived here for a time.
The 24-year-old was looking for another job to better herself but didn't have money troubles, her mother said.
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Since she moved to Lincoln, she would call or text her mother three or four times a week, Susie Loofe said. They had made plans to attend Thanksgiving dinner at a relative's home in Omaha, then Sydney would return to Lincoln for work on Black Friday.
Loofe's cousins are printing and distributing thousands of fliers to post around Lincoln and Omaha, her mother said. They haven't organized any search efforts of their own.
"We don’t even know truly where to start," Susie Loofe said. "It's a waiting game."
Prayers and support from Neligh-area neighbors have helped, she said. Sunday night, members of Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh held a candlelight vigil at the high school football field.
The family watched it online because they found it too difficult to attend, Susie Loofe said.
The 57-year-old has shared photos of her middle daughter's tattoos in hopes it helps someone find Sydney.
Sydney Loofe has a yin-yang on one of her forearms, the word "Believe" with a cross on the inside of her left wrist, and the phrase "Everything will be wonderful someday" on her right bicep.
She is 5-foot-7-inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white Columbia jacket and a cream-colored shirt.
Anyone with information on Loofe's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000.
Investigators are actively following up on leads and are working with other law enforcement in their search, Sands said.
George Loofe hopes his daughter will hear these words: "Tell her we love her, and we’re waiting for her to come home."