Uncle Arrested After 5-Year-Old Utah Girl Goes Missing

Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley / LOGAN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Police are searching for a five-year-old Utah girl who vanished from her parents’ home over the weekend.

On Monday, Logan City Police said investigators found forensic evidence that links 21-year-old Alex Whipple to the disappearance of his niece, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley.

“We have items involved in this incident that we can forensically link to him and her from the residence, and also evidence off of him we can link to her,” Logan City Police Captain Tyson Budge tells PEOPLE.

Budge would not say what that evidence was but said Whipple is the main suspect in the girl’s disappearance.

“We don’t have any evidence to prove she is dead,” he says. “The likelihood of recovering her alive is very slim but we don’t want to take away any hope and will search for her as hard as we can. Until we find her there are a lot of questions.”

“It is beyond sad,” he says.

Police say Whipple showed up at his sister’s home on Friday night and when her family woke up around 9 a.m. the following morning both Whipple and Elizabeth were gone.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Christine Pelisek