A person of interest in the death of Sydney Loofe pled not guilty to unrelated charges today, but a conversation he had Wednesday with a reporter is raising questions.
Aubrey Trail, who told the Omaha World-Herald yesterday he was solely "accountable" for the death of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe, pled not guilty Thursday in federal court to 14 counts of taking stolen property across state lines.
If convicted, Trail faces up to 140 years in prison.
Charges filed in U.S. District Court last week against both Trail and Bailey Boswell center around allegations that the pair defrauded a Kansas couple out of more than $400,000 in currency and gold.
Trail appeared on video Monday from the Leavenworth Detention Center in Kansas, where he is currently being held. His trial date on the stolen property charges has been set for March 26.
Boswell is also behind bars, in the Saline County Jail, on charges unrelated to Loofe's death. Trail said he and Boswell had been together for more than a year, traveling to casinos and selling antiques on the internet at antique malls.
Wednesday, Trail called Omaha World-Herald Reporter Paul Hammel and said, “I’ve told law enforcement a long time ago... I am responsible for Sidney Loofe’s death. I am responsible."
Trail's defense attorney, Korey Reiman, would not elaborate on his client's admission in the Loofe case, but told KMTV 3 News Now after court Thursday to listen to what Trail said about already having told authorities that he is responsible.
When I asked Trail’s attorney about what he told @PaulHammelOWH yesterday he said listen to how Trail said he told authorities the same thing already about Sidney Loofe. He wouldn’t elaborate past that. Still no charges in that case. @3NewsNowOmaha
— Jake Wasikowski (@jakewasikowski) January 25, 2018
Trail and Boswell have long been persons of interest in the disappearance and death of Loofe, who reportedly last seen on a date with Boswell in November 2017. Loofe’s body was found in mid-December 2017 in a Clay County field.
No charges have been filed in Loofe’s disappearance or death.
Stay with 3 News Now for more details as this story develops.