LOGAN — Police are questioning a suspect as they continue to investigate the disappearance of a 5-year-old Logan girl. Elizabeth Shelley was last seen early Saturday morning with her uncle, 21-year-old Alex Whipple.
Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said Shelley, who lives near 100 South 400 West, was last seen at 2 a.m. and discovered missing around 10 a.m. by her family. She is described as being 3’6″, approximately 40 lbs., with shoulder length curly brown hair with choppy bangs, and brown eyes. It is unknown what type of shirt she had on, but is believed at this point she is wearing either blue jeans or a teal colored plaid skirt.
The girl was last seen with Whipple, who was allegedly visiting the family overnight. He was discovered missing at the same time Shelley could not be found. He allegedly had no vehicle or cell phone and Shelley’s family could not contact him.
Multiple agencies including the Cache County Sheriff’s Office went door to door, searching neighboring homes and yards for any clues regarding the girl’s disappearance. They were assisted by several K-9 units and Cache County Search and Rescue teams.
Police had also broadcast public service announcements on local radio stations and social media, asking for the public’s help looking for the two individuals.
Around 3:00 p.m. officers found Whipple, however Shelley was not with him. He reportedly had some of her clothing in his possession and was taken into custody for questioning.
Hooley said Whipple is talking to investigators. He has not given specific information though, regarding where the girl may be.
Officers are considering the situation “highly suspicious.” They are transitioning their search from a rescue to a recovery effort, and feel like they no longer need the public’s help.
Salt Lake County court records show Whipple had a warrant issued for his arrest last month, for violating his probation. In January 2018, he was convicted of felony theft, failing to stop at the command of law enforcement and driving under the influence.