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Persons of interest in Sydney Loofe case charged in federal court with transporting stolen items

Persons of interest in Sydney Loofe case charged in federal court with transporting stolen items

The two persons of interest in the disappearance and death of Sydney Loofe were charged in federal court with a crime apparently unrelated to the Loofe case.

Aubrey Trail, 51, and Bailey Boswell, 23, have been charged with transporting stolen items across state lines, according to documents filed Thursday.

The charge alleges that the two carried stolen merchandise valued at more than $5,000 from Hiawatha, Kansas, to Beatrice, Nebraska, on Oct. 20. The maximum punishment is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

When contacted by The World-Herald on Friday, a representative of Mike’s Antiques in Hiawatha declined to comment other than to say the business was cooperating with the FBI.

Boswell appeared in federal court in Lincoln on Thursday morning, and Trail appeared Friday afternoon.

Boswell is being represented by a public defender.

Asked if he would like an attorney appointed, Trail said at his hearing Friday that he would like to represent himself. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart tried to dissuade him, pointing out that “proceedings in federal court are complex” and “there are reasons that people would choose to have counsel represent them.”

He was undeterred and said he would be his own attorney.

A body believed to be that of Loofe’s was found Monday in a farming area in Clay County.

The discovery brought an end to a search that included bizarre videos posted on social media last week by Trail and Boswell, professing their innocence.

Loofe, a native of Neligh, Nebraska, was reported missing Nov. 16 after she failed to report for work at a Menards store in north Lincoln, where she was living.

Family members said that before she disappeared she had gone on a date with a woman named “Audrey” she met through an online dating service.

That led authorities to Wilber, southwest of Lincoln, where they searched a basement apartment where Trail and Boswell had lived, as well as areas in and around the farming town.

As police sought them, Boswell and Trail posted a series of videos online in which they talked about Loofe. They said they didn’t kill her, though Trail said he’s done plenty of other things.

“I’m a crook, I’m a thief, have been all my life,” he said in one video. “But I’m not what you’re trying to make me out to be.”

On Friday, Zwart ruled that both were flight risks and should remain in federal custody, citing the recent search for them. Boswell had said she was going to leave the country, Zwart’s order says, and Trail had arranged for the purchase of a gun despite his felony record.

Boswell and Trail have preliminary hearings scheduled for next week.

World-Herald staff writers Dan Golden and Paul Hammel contributed to this report., 402-444-1068

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