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Clay Center residents react to investigation after body was found five miles away

Clay Center residents on investigation after body was found five miles away (NTV News)

Wednesday was two days since the discovery of the body in Clay County believed to be that of missing Lincoln woman Sydney Loofe.

Just down the road five miles from Clay Center is part of the area which was blocked off to the public on Tuesday but is now open for use.

Clay Center was quiet on Wednesday where days before over 40 law enforcement officers surrounded the city to investigate.

"Just like most people in the public, we are just tracking it and are concerned for the family," said Mayor of Clay Center L. Wayne Johnson.

The FBI is still working diligently on clues with the case, but on Wednesday were not in the area where the body was found.

"I would've never of guessed why this would've been the path they would've taken. It is totally unexpected," Johnson said.


Twenty-one square miles were closed from Hwy 41 to Hwy 74 earlier in the week.

"To have her found in Clay County and so near to Clay Center, it does impact a small town with all of the officers that were in town yesterday," Johnson said.

One small area still remained roped off on Wednesday with caution tape and paint marks on the ground.

"It's a little disconcerting but I can see their point. It's rural," said Clay Center resident Gaynor Smith.

On the side of the road were several flags marking clues.

There was even a path in the grass from what looked like law enforcement officers footsteps to the scene.


One resident said he is not surprised.

"Not with the things that are going on now a days, it's not real surprising," Smith said.

The FBI said the investigation is still ongoing and that they are still accepting information regarding the case.

"I think the citizens would all agree too. We just express our condolences and thoughts and prayers to her family. Hopefully it comes to a conclusion that will bring closure to them," Johnson said.

Like everyone else, the city awaits more details regarding the case, but they say they'll leave it in the hands of law enforcement to figure out.

There will be a candlelight vigil for Sydney Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., at the Sunken Gardens in Lincoln in her memory.

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