Missing 5-year-old Utah girl's uncle charged with murder, kidnapping
KSTU / Cache County
Elizabeth Shelley’s uncle, 21-year-old Alex Whipple, has been charged with aggravated murder as a capital felony, child kidnapping as a first-degree felony, two counts of obstructing justice as second-degree felonies, and one count of desecration.

By Rebecca Green, KSTU

Updated 6:35 a.m. MT, May 30, 2019:

LOGAN, Utah (KSTU) -- LOGAN, Utah -- A man has been charged with kidnapping and murdering his 5-year-old niece, and a five-day search for Elizabeth Shelley appears to be at an end.

An attorney for the suspect, 21-year-old Alex Whipple, said he disclosed the location of her body Wednesday afternoon.

Whipple is Elizabeth's uncle, and he has been charged with aggravated murder as a capital felony, child kidnapping as a first-degree felony, two counts of obstructing justice as second-degree felonies, and one count of desecration of a human body as a third-degree felony.

Authorities said Whipple was invited to his sister and her boyfriend's home Friday night. Elizabeth was reported missing Saturday morning after her mother discovered she and Whipple were no longer in the home.

Police located Whipple alone Saturday around 3 p.m., took him into custody for violating his probation, and interviewed him.

When he was found, Whipple had a 24-oz. beer, a baseball bat, and "a pipe commonly used for narcotics" among his possessions.

Charging documents state Whipple began "licking his hands and trying to wipe his hands clean" and that he had dark stains on his pants that looked like dried blood.

The document states Whipple initially lied about his whereabouts before admitting to being at his sister's home the night prior. He later claimed he was there, but said he left the home alone to go for a walk.

Whipple told police he had been drinking that night and later told investigators that "alcohol makes him 'black out' and sometimes he does 'criminal things' when he blacks out. Alexander would not elaborate to what these 'criminal things' were."

The interviewing officer asked Whipple if he was responsible for taking the girl and, "Alexander did not admit he was responsible but he also never denied he was responsible."

He also alluded to "how evil the world we live in is" and talked about his struggles as a child and claimed his family mistreated him, the document states.

Police searched around the home and located a knife that appeared to have been taken from the family home. The knife was broken and had blood on it. The knife was one of a matched set, the rest of which were at Elizabeth's home.

Investigators also found scraps of Elizabeth's clothing, which they said appeared to have been hastily buried under dirt and bark.

DNA testing revealed that blood matching Elizabeth's DNA was found on Whipple's watch, his sweatshirt and on the knife.

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