Uncle of a missing five-year-old girl from Utah, charged with murder after her blood was found on clothing
The uncle of a missing 5-year-old girl from Utah has been charged with murder because a search for the child extends to a fifth day.
Logan police director Gary Jensen said Wednesday that although the body of Elizabeth & # 39; Lizzy & # 39; Shelley was not found, her blood was on a watch and a hooded sweatshirt from her uncle, 21-year-old Alex Whipple.
Prosecutors say they also have a broken kitchen knife with the girl's blood on it, and that it matched what had disappeared in the parental home.
But it was her blood on the blue-blue skirt she had last seen wearing that buried & # 39; hastily & # 39; was under bark and dirt on the basis of a charter school at the parental home, which seemed to solidify a murder attempt for Whipple.
Researchers found a piece of PVC tube with a partial palmprint in a red substance and it matched Whipple, the charge state.
Alexander Whipple, 21, was charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping of children, desecration of a human body and obstruction of justice on Wednesday. He appears in the courtroom video on Tuesday
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.
Shelley & # 39; s blood was found on an uncle Alexander Whipple hooded sweatshirt and was watched when he was arrested Saturday after being spotted that morning at 6.46 a surveillance video.
Whipple was charged with aggravated murder, which is a capital violation. He was also accused of child abduction, a first-degree crime, desecration of a human body, a third-degree crime, and two counts of obstruction of justice.
A Zions bank account has been opened under the name of Elizabeth Shelley Donation to collect money while the family goes looking for Lizzy, said the Cache County Attorney's office Wednesday.
Researchers have been looking for the girl since Saturday. They say that Whipple did not cooperate.
His lawyer Shannon Demler did not immediately send a message back to comment.
The desperate search for Shelley, which was reported missing on Saturday night, continues while Logan police urged the local population to & # 39; to check on images of his movements.
& # 39; We never hope to find her alive, & # 39; Jensen had said during a press conference. & # 39; But it is certainly a concern for us right now; Lizzy's safety. & # 39;
Utah police found DNA evidence linking Whipple, 21, (left) to the disappearance of his missing niece Shelley (right) after her blood was found on the skirt she was last seen in
Seekers (shown on Tuesday) search the area for the missing child and Shelley's skirt was buried & # 39; hurriedly & # 39; found among the dirt on the grounds of a charter school at her house
Seekers (shown Tuesday) also found that the child's blood was missing on a broken knife in the Utah family kitchen. Whipple & # 39; s handprint was also discovered on a PVC pole
Elizabeth was reported missing on Saturday morning after her family woke up and the younger ones were nowhere to be found.
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 pm 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;
Logan police chief Gary Jensen said it is clear that Shelley is injured, but Whipple is not cooperating with the investigation
Whipple is shown on a security camera on Friday, May 24 before Shelley went missing
The police urged the public to check camera surveillance cameras for images of him
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
The police have also received surveillance footage from close by the family's home that may show Whipple.
The video, taken at 6.46am on Saturday at 700 West and 100 South – 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.
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.
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
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, an unopened can of beer and drug accessories (suspicious marijuana).
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.
In 2016, Whipple was convicted of assaulting his roommate in an incident of domestic violence, according to legal documents.
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 on a 18-mile chase that ended with authorities who tightened the tires of the car, according to court documents.
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 trial in Logan in which he appeared via video in a dark blue prison uniform with his back slumped and his eyes turned downwards, ABC news reported.
His lawyer, Shannon Demler, argued that Whipple should be bailed because he was not charged for the disappearance.
The next Whipple hearing is 3 June.
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 of 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.
& # 39; I just hope they find her and put an end to it, & # 39; said Buttars.
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
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 with a 4th of July T-shirt.
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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