Authorities in Utah are asking for help in tracking the movements of the man suspected in the disappearance of his niece, 5-year-old Elizabeth Shelly.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Elizabeth vanished from her home in Logan sometime between 2 a.m. on Saturday, when her family last saw her, and 10 a.m. the same morning, when they woke to find her missing — along with her uncle, Alex Whipple, who has since been detained for questioning after police found him walking in Logan later Saturday afternoon.
Logan police have said that Whipple has not been cooperative, and that they fear Elizabeth, who was not with him when he was apprehended, has been harmed.
Logan Police Captain Tyson Budge told Fox 13 Salt Lake City that police are asking residents to check their home security systems for any sightings of Whipple or the missing girl, and to search their yards and property for any unfamiliar items that may have been discarded.
Police told the news station they have followed up on a lead involving a road near Elizabeth’s home. And a gas station worker in Hyrum, which is reportedly part of the greater Logan Utah–Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area, said that he saw Whipple on Saturday afternoon, before he was aware of the girl’s disappearance — and police reportedly saw the suspect on surveillance footage from the gas station.
Ryan Liljenquist, who works at the Hyrum Shortstop gas station, told Fox 13 Salt Lake City that Whipple appeared “disheveled, like he had been on a binge of some kind.”
“He was wearing a gray hoodie. Underneath that hoodie, was a kind of a suit and tie, something really weird,” Liljenquist said.
Whipple, 21, was reportedly arrested on a probation violation, and was detained at the Cache County Jail. According to NBC News 4, Whipple had come to visit the home on Friday night.
“We’d really like to find her, and we are trying everything that we know,” Captain Budge told Fox 13 Salt Lake City.
Authorities were expected to resume a search for Elizabeth Shelley on Monday morning.
The girl is described as 3 feet, 6 inches tall, with shoulder-length curly brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Elizabeth’s disappearance is urged to call the Cache County Sheriff’s Office at 435-753-7555.