A body believed to be that of a missing 24-year-old Lincoln woman and evidence that a crime was involved in her death were found in southeast Nebraska's Clay County, authorities said Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to provide details about what was being sought in searches just west of this southeastern town.
Investigators are still talking to Aubrey Trail, 51, who, with Bailey Boswell, 23, had reported online that they had contact with Loofe. "We want to make sure we're doing everything right by Sydney and her family".
The FBI's Randy Thysse said at a Lincoln news conference Tuesday that investigators strongly believe the female body is that of Sydney Loofe, who was reported missing November 16.
He urged patience from the public for developments in a tragic case that included weird videos posted on social media last week by Trail and Boswell professing their innocence.
Loofe had gone on a date with a woman she met online, then failed to show up at work the next day at a Menards in Lincoln.
Saline County Attorney Tad Eickman said Wednesday that state charges he had filed against Trail, including possession of a firearm by a felon, were on hold pending any action by federal prosecutors. She was last seen in Wilber, 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln, police have said. "We're still putting the pieces together to find out what happened".
Pullen also said that a candlelight vigil for Loofe is scheduled Saturday at 5 p.m.at the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln.