UPDATE:

Court was back in session Thursday for the trial of Aubrey Trail, who's accused of murdering Lincoln woman Sydney Loofe after Trail's girlfriend and co–defendant Bailey Boswell met Loofe on Tinder.

Trail watched on as the prosecution called its first witness: Susan Loofe, Sydney's mother.

Susan said family and friends were concerned when they heard Sydney didn't show up to work.

"I just called the Lincoln Police Department and told them that I had been trying to get a hold of my daughter and her friends and had been trying to get a hold of her," she said. 

She testified that she and LPD officers got the landlord to let them into Sydney's home.

She said the cat was there without food and that's when they knew something was wrong.

Capt. Jake Dilsaver said he initiated the ping on Sydney's cell phone service.

"The information from Verizon that was received was that...the phone had been inactive for about 24 hours," Dilsaver said.  "But it had last pinged in Wilber, Nebraska."

Lincoln police said they didn't do the search alone.  They started tracking down Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell with the help of one of Sydney's friends, who said she decided to do some of her own investigating.

Brooklyn McCrystal said she started a Tinder account to get in touch with Boswell, who was using a profile listed with the name Audrey.

"I wanted to try and get her — that girl — to like me," McCrystal said.  "In order for me to find Sydney, I had to communicate with this girl and match with her."

McCrystal said she got Boswell's phone number, which she provided to law enforcement.  That began the process of locating Trail and Boswell.

The defense said Loofe died accidentally while Trail acted out a sexual fantasy with her.

The prosecution said it was not an accident.

On Friday, more witnesses are expected to testify.  Channel 8 Eyewitness News will be there to cover it.

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After much delay the day before, the trial for Aubrey Trail got moving again Thursday.

Today the prosecution started calling witnesses and going over the earliest stages of Sydney Loofe's murder case.  They helped map out the search for Sydney after she went missing.

Sydney's mother was the first witness.

"I just called the Lincoln Police Department and told them that I had been trying to get a hold of my daughter and her friends had been trying to get a hold of her," Susan Loofe said.

Susan testified that she and LPD officers got the landlord to let them into Sydney's home.  Officers said they found no sign of struggle, but the cat was there without food and they knew that was a problem.

LPD then began searching for Sydney. 

Capt. Jake Dilsaver said he initiated the ping on Sydney's cell phone service.

"The information from Verizon that was received was that...the phone had been inactive for about 24 hours," Dilsaver said.  "But it had last pinged in Wilber, Nebraska."

Lincoln police also talked about how they started tracking down Aubrey Trail and Bailey Boswell with the help of one of Sydney's friends, who decided to do some of her own investigating by opening up her own Tinder account and getting in touch with Boswell.

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In Saline County District Court in Wilber, Nebraska, the trial for Aubrey Trail has resumed.  He is on trial for first-degree murder in the death of Sydney Loofe.

Aubrey Trail did appear in court today and he was reportedly ill yesterday, explaining his absence in court.

The prosecution called it's first witness, Susan Loofe, the mother of Sydney Loofe.

This morning she was asked to describe the interaction between her and her daughter before and after her apparent tinder date on November 15.

Photographs were shown of Sydney's apartment and text conversations.

This is a developing story, we will release more information as it becomes available.

Hear all the details tonight on our newscasts as 5, 6, and 10pm.

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No progress was made during third day of Aubrey Trail's trial.

It was scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

It didn't happen.  People sat in the courtroom waiting for an hour and a half, with attorneys saying Trail hadn't arrived at the courthouse yet.

Around 10:30 a.m., Judge Vicky Johnson excused jurors and attorneys until 1 p.m., citing issues with the air conditioner, elevator and other issues she wouldn't specify.

When court resumed at 1 p.m., Johnson said court staff had gotten two calls saying a juror had been blogging about the case.  She put court back into recess so she could talk to each juror individually to see if that was true.

Afterward, she announced court adjourned for the day, saying she was considering sequestering jurors and ending expanded media coverage.

It came a day after the court had selected 15 jurors.  They heard opening statements from the prosecution and defense, including graphic details of Sydney Loofe's death.

Prosecutors said Trail had planned to kill Sydney with Bailey Boswell's help.  They said while they were both in jail, Trail wrote letters to Boswell saying they had talked about making snuff films.

The defense said Trail killed Sydney on accident.  They said he was only acting out a sexual fantasy with her involving autoerotic asphyxiation and that he didn't mean to strangle her to death.

The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

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The trial of Aubrey Trail, the man accused of killing Lincoln woman Sydney Loofe, was scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

It didn't happen.  People sat in the courtroom waiting for an hour and a half, with attorneys saying Trail hadn't arrived at the courthouse yet.

Around 10:30 a.m., Judge Vicky Johnson excused jurors and attorneys until 1 p.m., citing issues with the air conditioner, elevator and other issues she wouldn't specify.

Johnson told jurors to return to the courtroom at 12:45 p.m.

There's still no word on if Trail has arrived yet.


On Tuesday, the court had selected 15 jurors.  They heard opening statements from the prosecution and defense, including graphic details of Sydney Loofe's death.

Prosecutors said Trail had planned to kill Sydney with Bailey Boswell's help.  They said while they were both in jail, Trail wrote letters to Boswell saying they had talked about making snuff films.

The defense said Trail killed Sydney on accident.  They said he was only acting out a sexual fantasy with her involving autoerotic asphyxiation and that he didn't mean to strangle her to death.