Memorial grows outside Lizzy Shelley’s home; uncle charged with 5-year-old’s murder

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – After five grueling and unwavering days of searching, 5-year-old Lizzy Shelley’s body has been found.

Her uncle, Alex Whipple, 21, is now charged with her kidnapping and murder.

Charging documents revealed new details in the investigation; they state that Whipple had been drinking the night before and that at times– when he gets drunk, he “blacks out” and does “criminal things.”

 Emotions running high in Logan after this tragic incident.

Authorities had found a beer can, a knife, even pieces of Lizzy’s clothing. It wasn’t until Wednesday–they found her.

“There are no words to express the sadness and the heartbreak that we feel today.”

One-half mile from the place Lizzy Shelley called home, the 5-year-old’s body, discovered by police.

“This was in the general area that we that we’d found several of the evidence items,” said Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen.

And yet after five days, police had not yet found her body.

“Our most important interest was bringing Lizzy home.”

And it was in that interest, police said, that they made a deal with Alexander Whipple. The uncle, and suspect, in Lizzy’s disappearance this weekend.

“The negotiation – was simply to take the death penalty off the table. In trade for information that would lead us….in trade for information that would lead to Lizzy’s body,” said Jensen.

Just after 2 p.m., her body was found.

“I think that’s what everybody wanted – is some kind of closure.”

Charging documents shed some light on what might have happened this weekend.

According to charging documents, Whipple was invited over to drink at the home.

Five-year-old Lizzy had gone to bed and her mom said Whipple could sleep on the couch.

In the morning, he and Lizzy were gone.

When police found Whipple, he told them alcohol makes him “blackout” and sometimes he does ‘criminal things’ when he blacks out.”

Once in custody-police said, “Alexander began licking his hands and trying to wipe his hands clean.”

“We still have a lot of things to sift through, a lot of investigation to do.”

But police said they have done their job.

“This is obviously the break that we’ve been waiting for, this is the moment that we had hoped would come.”

Cache County Victims Advocates say a donation account was set up for the family at Zions Bank. The name of the account is Elizabeth Shelley Donation. 

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