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APNewsBreak: Lawyer says uncle led police to girl's body

9 months 4 weeks 2 days ago Wednesday, May 29 2019 May 29, 2019 May 29, 2019 2:31 PM May 29, 2019 in News - AP National

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a Utah man charged with killing his 5-year-old niece (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

A lawyer for a Utah man accused of killing his 5-year-old niece says his client has told police where the girl's body is hidden.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler said Wednesday that 21-year-old Alex Whipple hid the body under trees and brush less than a block from the home of victim Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley.

Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said the body has not yet been recovered.

However, he said officers have a "very credible tip" and are waiting for a crime-scene investigation team.

Demler says his client "did a bad thing" but wanted to help the child's parents find closure. Police have been searching for the girl since she was reported missing Saturday.

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11:53 a.m.

The uncle of a missing 5-year-old Utah girl has been charged with murder as a search for the child stretches into a fifth day.

Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said Wednesday that even though the body of Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley has not been found, her blood was located on a watch and a sweat shirt of her uncle, 21-year-old Alex Whipple.

Prosecutors say they also have a broken kitchen knife with the girl's blood on it and her skirt, which was "hastily buried" near the family home.

Whipple was charged with aggravated murder, child kidnapping and desecration of a human body.

Investigators have been searching for the girl since Saturday. They say Whipple has not cooperated.

His attorney Shannon Demler did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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