LOGAN — The Logan City Police Department has received confirmation that the human remains discovered Wednesday afternoon were those of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley. The 5-year-old Logan girl was allegedly killed Saturday by her uncle, 21-year-old Alex Whipple.
Lizzy’s body was found by officers behind a home near 465 West 100 South. The discovery was made after Whipple agreed to disclose where he had disposed of her remains.
Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said the positive identification was made by detectives, in conjunction with the State Crime Lab. They have also determined her cause of death but are not releasing that information at this time.
Whipple is suspected of killing Lizzy early Saturday morning, after Lizzy’s mother, Jessica Whipple, invited him over to play video games and drink alcohol. He allegedly left early in the morning, while the rest of the family was still sleeping and was found walking alone in Mt. Sterling Saturday afternoon.
Police report he had blood on some of his clothing that matched Lizzy’s DNA. He later told officers that drinking alcohol made him black out and do criminal things.
Whipple remains in jail after a judge Tuesday ordered that he be held without bail. He is scheduled to appear again in court June 3. In addition to aggravated murder, he is suspected of child kidnapping, a second-degree felony, two counts of obstructing justice and abuse or desecration of a body, a third-degree felony. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.
A statement from the police department said, “Again, our heart goes out to the Whipple family.”
The Cache County Attorney Victim’s Advocates has set up a donation account for the Shelley family. It is at Zions Bank under the account name: Elizabeth Shelley Donation.