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Utah police hunt for missing 5-year-old girl’s uncle named ‘prime suspect’

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The police in Utah will resume their search for a missing 5-year-old girl on Sunday, says her uncle is “the main suspect” in her disappearance.

The police said that it was discovered that the 5-year-old Elizabeth Shelley had disappeared from her family’s home in Logan around 10 pm on Saturday. She was reportedly last seen sleeping in the house, which is located in the west of the city, around 2 a.m.

Police said Saturday that they suspected Shelley was with her 21-year-old uncle, Alex Whipple.

Logan City said the Police suspect that Alex Whipple is “uncooperative and was booked into the Cache County Jail on a FTA warrant for absconding from probation.”
(Logan City Police)

Whipple was in the house of the family Friday evening and it was but not found in the home of the Saturday morning Fox 13 in Salt Lake City reported.

About two hours after their first Facebook post, police wrote that Whipple was found and the police.

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The police found the girl, her uncle Saturday afternoon in the city of Hyrum, a 15-minute drive from the Logan utah, Fox 13 reported. The police said that he was not with Shelley and not cooperative.

“He was with himself, then is he not to identify to the vice-that is him,” Logan City Police Department, Capt. Tyson Budge told the news outlet. “My understanding was, he was not very cooperative.”

The police said Whipple had a criminal record and a drug problem, according to Fox 13.

“Officials are seeking additional search warrants and we will continue to search for 5-year-old Elizabeth Shelley,” the Logan City Police Facebook post said.

Police, volunteers, friends and family reportedly searched the area close to Shelley’s home all day on Saturday.

“We really have reason to be concerned for her safety,” Budge told Fox 13.

In another Facebook post on Saturday, police wrote, “multiple law enforcement agencies including Cache County Sheriff, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Cache County Search and Rescue works through the whole night.”

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The police asked people in the area with video surveillance, including smart doorbells, to their videos and cameras specifically for the hours between 2 a.m. and noon on Saturday. They asked the neighbors for the reporting of suspicious activities.

“It’s scary. It is the worst ever. Ever,” Mary Whipple, Shelley’s step-grandmother, told Fox 13. “The longer the day goes on… you think the worst. You don’t want to, but it is sad.”

She added that the situation has taken a toll on Shelley’s mother.

“She is hysterical in the morning, throughout the day. She is still crying. It is her worst nightmare. It is the worst. She just wants to go for a drive. She wants her child back.”

On Sunday, Logan City Police wrote on their Facebook page that “The FBI and local authorities worked day and night by the finish of the search warrant and follow up on leads.”

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The police said the main suspect is Alex Whipple, adding that he “remained uncooperative and was booked into the Cache County Jail on an FTA [failure to Appear] warrant for absconding from probation.”

The police said search teams were back Sunday morning to look for Shelley. “There are many agencies in a coordinated effort to work around the clock and will continue to work until she is found.”

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