DNA evidence has linked a 21-year-old uncle to the disappearance of a missing five-year-old girl in Utah, police revealed Tuesday.
The desperate search for Elizabeth & # 39; Lizzy & # 39; Shelley, who went missing three days ago on Saturday night, continues as the police focus on her uncle Alexander Whipple, who is currently being held to an excellent warrant.
Evidence also indicates that Elizabeth is injured, the authorities said, without elaborating.
Logan police chief Gary Jensen says the police & # 39; strong evidence & # 39; has, including DNA linking Whipple with Elizabeth & # 39; s disappearance.
& # 39; We never hope we will find her alive & # 39 ;, Jensen said at a press conference. & # 39; But it is certainly a concern for us right now; Lizzy's safety. & # 39;
The Utah police reveal that they have & # 39; strong evidence & # 39; , including DNA connecting Alexander Whipple, 21, (left) with the disappearance of his disappeared cousin Elizabeth & # 39; Lizzy & # 39; Shelley (right)
Police in Logan, Utah released new photos on Friday, May 24, from her uncle Alexander Whipple, captured on a security camera
According to police, this image of surveillance shows Whipple on Friday, the day before Elizabeth disappeared, and urged the public to check home surveillance cameras for images of him
Elizabeth was reported missing on Saturday morning after her family woke up and the toddler was nowhere to be seen.
The girl was last seen before family members went to bed around 2 am & Whipple because they were staying in the house that night despite not living there.
A little after 9 o'clock on Saturday the family woke up and discovered that Elizabeth and Whipple had both disappeared.
Dark details have emerged from Whipple, a convicted criminal who looked frantic as if he were under the spell of the disappearance of Elizabeth & # 39 ;.
Around 1.30 am on Saturday, Whipple stopped at a gas station in Hyrum, where he bought beer and cigarettes.
& # 39; Sloppy, as if he had been spellbound in one way or another & # 39 ;, Hyrum Shortstop employee Ryan Liljenquist told KSTU-TV. & # 39; He was wearing a gray hoodie. Under that hoodie was a kind of suit and tie, something very strange. & # 39;
Elizabeth Shelley (photo) was last seen at 2:00 am on Saturday at her home in Logan, Utah, and missed when the family woke up a little after 9:00 am the next morning.
Logan police chief Gary Jensen said the authorities & # 39; strong evidence & # 39; including DNA linking Whipple with the disappearance of Elizabeth at a press conference on Tuesday, when the search for Elizabeth extended to the fourth day
On Monday evening the locals gathered for a candlelight vigil for the missing girl
The locals gathered to pray prayers and light candles, hoping that little Elizabeth, who was reported missing on Saturday, will be found
A woman is depicted with a candle on a memorial after a wake for the missing five-year-old on Monday, while the desperate search for her continues
The police have also received surveillance footage from close by the family's home that may show Whipple.
The video, taken at 6:46 am on Saturday about two blocks from the house, shows a man in a gray hoodie walking alone. His pants look wet or muddy from the knees down.
Logan City Police said they & # 39; various interesting items & # 39; located at the house and that forensic testing has linked this evidence to both Elizabeth and Whipple.
Police officers refused to specify the nature of the evidence or forensic link, except to say it links & Whipple to the residence from which she was missing and to Elizabeth himself. & # 39;
According to an explanation of the probable cause, when Whipple was arrested on Saturday afternoon, he had slipped a metal baseball bat into his back pocket and hidden it under his jacket on his back – although police officers say the bat is not part of the disappearance evidence.
Whipple was booked in the Cache County Jail on Sunday for investigation of probation violations, non-identification of the police, and possession of a controlled substance.
Cops found Whipple on Saturday afternoon in a remote area about 10 miles from the family home, a few hours after the girl was reported missing and allegedly part of the girl's clothing was in his hands.
He was combative and refused to identify himself several times when the police saw him walking in a remote area, according to legal documents.
The police found him with a metal baseball bat, alcohol and drug paraphernalia.
In 2016, Whipple was convicted of assaulting his roommate in an incident of domestic violence, according to legal documents.
Alexander Whipple pictured above in images on Facebook. He was arrested Saturday, found in a remote area about 10 miles from the family home where Elizabeth disappeared. He was opposed to the police and refused to identify himself several times
Elizabeth & # 39; s mother, Jessica Whipple (left) and father Wes Shelley both appealed to the safe return of the girl. The couple has been divorced for several years
In the same year, Whipple was arrested after police said he had stolen his neighbor's car and was driving under the influence of alcohol. In that incident, he led Utah High Patrol during a 40-mile chase that ended with authorities that fused the car's tires, according to court documents.
Timeline of Elizabeth Shelley disappearance
Evening of 24 May: Alexander Whipple comes to visit his sister Jessica & # 39; s house in Logan.
25 May, 2 hours: Elizabeth gets well when the family falls asleep.
May 25, 6:46 am: Guard images show a man who appears to be Whipple Walking just two blocks from the house. The man's pants look wet or muddy from the knees down.
9:00 am: Family members wake up to find both Elizabeth and Whipple away.
1:30 am: Whipple is seen on foot at the Shortstop supermarket in Hyrum, about eight miles south of the house.
He is alone and a clerk says he looks crazy as if he is fooling around. He buys beer and cigarettes.
03:00: Cache County Sheriff & # 39; s delegates locate and arrest Whipple in Southern Cache Valley, 10 miles from the house.
Whipple was sentenced to prison in March 2018, but his term of office was suspended and he was ordered instead to serve 180 days in jail and five years of probation.
He was not released on bail on Tuesday during a court session in Logan in which he appeared via video in a dark blue prison uniform with his back slumped and his eyes turned downwards.
His lawyer, Shannon Demler, argued that Whipple should be bailed because he was not charged for the disappearance.
The massive search for Elizabeth is underway and is concentrated in an area of half a mile (0.8 km) around the family's house in Logan, a mountain valley near the Idaho border, about 80 miles north from Salt Lake City.
Nancy Buttars, 63, said crew members searched along a river behind her house on Monday, walking up and down the banks and through scrubland, as well as along railways.
She said that she had looked up her property herself after hearing reports of the missing girl.
Viewers pictured above on Tuesday on signs from Elizabeth in a field in Logan, Utah
Seekers continued to search the area because the search for the missing child extended on the fourth day
& # 39; I just hope they find her and put an end to it, & # 39; said Buttars.
Betty Balls, 55, a hotel housekeeper in nearby Wellsville, came to the courthouse for Whipple & # 39; s hearing to show support for the family, although she doesn't know them personally.
& # 39; Please, wherever she is, take her home, & # 39; Balls said with tears. & # 39; This is a safe environment. The children play outside and you know they are there. Such a thing should not happen at all. & # 39;
Shelley is 3-foot, 6-inch long with brown hair of shoulder length and brown eyes. She thinks she was wearing blue jeans or a green-blue checkered skirt when she disappeared.
The Logan Police Department asks the public to come forward when they see it Whipple or Elizabeth on Saturday, if they liven the southwest of Logan or along the 1200 West area between Nibley and Hyrum.
For the same area, individuals must check their yards, buildings, containers, and garbage cans for anything they do not recognize. Call 435-753-7555 with all information.
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