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Rape charges filed against the uncle of a 5-year-old girl who vanished in Utah

News Summed Up 2019-06-06 05:30:00

(CNN) Prosecutors have added rape and sodomy charges against the uncle of a 5-year-old girl whose remains were found after she went missing late last month in Utah. That was also the last time her family saw suspect Alex Whipple, who'd visited the girl's home that Friday night. "This information led to the filing of two additional charges against Alex Whipple in the disappearance and murder of 5-year-old Elizabeth Shelley. These charges are rape of a child, a first degree felony and sodomy upon a child, also a first degree felony," the Cache County Attorney's Office said. Prosecutors are awaiting a cause of death from the Utah office of the medical examiner.