Search continues for 5-year-old Utah girl

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The search for a missing 5-year-old girl has stretched into a third day in Utah, with the child’s family saying they are overwhelmed, scared and saddened by her disappearance.

Elizabeth Shelley and Alex Whipple. Photos from Logan Police Department.

Jill Parker, a victim advocate with the Cache County Attorney’s Office, read the family’s statement at a brief news conference Monday in Logan.

Police say 21-year-old Alex Whipple is a suspect in the disappearance of his niece Elizabeth Shelley. Authorities say their investigation is ongoing.

Police say Whipple was found in a rural area and arrested Saturday, the same day the girl — who’s known as Lizzy among family — was reported missing from her home.

Police say Whipple has been interviewed by authorities and jailed on a probation violation. Authorities have accused him of being uncooperative.

Lizzy has brown hair and brown eyes.

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