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Search for missing 5-year-old Utah girl extends to day 4

This photo was taken on Friday, May 24, 2019, a security camera released by the Logan City Police Department, shows Alex Whipple, that the police are seeking the public help in finding. The search for a missing 5-year-old girl has stretched into a fourth day in Utah, police say Whipple, her uncle is a suspect in her disappearance. (Logan City Police Department via AP)

LOGAN, Utah – The search for a missing 5-year-old girl has stretched into a fourth day in Utah, with the police said her 21-year-old uncle is the suspect in her disappearance.

Logan police chief Gary Jensen told reporters Tuesday that investigators have “strong evidence” including DNA linking Alex Whipple to the disappearance of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley. She was reported missing Saturday morning.

Jensen says the girl is believed to be hurt. He did not elaborate.

Whipple was found in a rural area and was arrested Saturday. He is in custody on a probation violation and has not been charged in the girl’s disappearance.

Whipple has a criminal record with an assault involving domestic violence, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug-related costs.

It is unknown whether he has an attorney.

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