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Woman, 24, missing since Wed.

A 24-year-old Lincoln woman is missing, police say.

Sydney Loofe’s last contact was through Snapchat on Wednesday, when she said she was about to go on a date, said Capt. Danny Reitan.

When Loofe didn’t show up to work the next day or respond to family members’ attempts at contacting her, Reitan said, they filed a report with the police.

Police tracked her phone and saw it was last used in the Wilber area, Reitan said.

The case is still under investigation.

Cause of elephant’s death unknown

OMAHA — Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium officials say a necropsy performed on a young African elephant that died at the Omaha zoo was unable to determine what caused his untimely death.

The results of the necropsy came back last week, two months after the elephant — named Warren — died under anesthesia to treat a cracked tusk.

Warren was estimated to be 8 or 9 years old when he died. He was one of 17 elephants flown from Swaziland to the U.S. in early 2016 and placed in the Omaha zoo and those in Wichita, Kansas, and Dallas in a controversial effort.

Animal rights group Friends of Animals, which opposes elephants being kept in zoos, unsuccessfully sued to stop the importation of the elephants.

Scottsbluff-Denver flights to resume

SCOTTSBLUFF — United Airlines will begin offering flights from Scottsbluff to Denver on Jan. 30, and local officials are looking forward to the return of regular flights.

Western Nebraska Regional Airport Manager Darwin Skelton says he expects fewer problems with the new flights from United and SkyWest Airlines.

The airline that served Scottsbluff previously, PenAir, had to cancel many flights because of a shortage of pilots and planes.

Skelton says United has hundreds of planes and pilots based in the region, so he doesn’t expect the airline to have the same problems PenAir did.

Starting this weekend, customers should be able to begin booking the new flights out of Scottsbluff on United’s website.

— From staff and wire reports

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