Judge rules that Aubrey Trail’s comments to police were voluntary, can be used in theft trial

LINCOLN — A federal judge has ruled that statements Aubrey Trail made to law enforcement officials after being picked up for questioning about the disappearance of a Lincoln woman were voluntary and will be allowed in a trial on an unrelated theft case.

Trail, 51, and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Bailey Boswell, are persons of interest in the death of Sydney Loofe, who disappeared in November after going on a date with Boswell.

After Trail was taken into custody for questioning on Nov. 30 in Branson, Missouri, he was interviewed by Lincoln police and the FBI about the Loofe case, as well as a theft case involving a Kansas couple who allegedly gave Trail and Boswell $400,000 to purchase a rare coin overseas.

Trail and Boswell were later charged with transporting stolen property across state lines.

After reviewing a court hearing held Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart ruled Monday that Trail willingly gave statements to law enforcement and, despite warnings, did not ask for an attorney to be present.

Trail and Boswell will stand trial on the theft charges May 14. They have not been charged in connection with the Loofe case. Trail has told reporters that he was responsible for her death, but he called it an accident.