An enormous American flag was draped across the front of the Thatcher Building, also known as the old Wells Fargo building, on the corner of Center and Main in Logan on Monday morning as a visible display of unity in the aftermath of Elizabeth Shelley’s death last week.
Shelley, 5, was allegedly taken from her home by her uncle on May 25, initiating an intense search and investigation involving about 200 volunteers from multiple agencies across Utah and Idaho. Her body was found nearby five days later on May 29.
“As a community of Cache Valley, we have been shaken this week over the death of Lizzy Shelley … When something like this happens in your neighborhood and community, it makes things feel like they are different,” said Kyle Fox, founder of Follow the Flag, a nonprofit that unfurled a flag across Coldwater Canyon near Ogden in November last year as a tribute to Army National Guard Maj. Brent Taylor, who was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 3.
People need to remember they’re part of a community of people who want to help, love and support each other, Fox said.
“The flag flies as a symbol of this unity. We are a part of something strong and beautiful here,” he said. “So many people have stepped up to help in this tragedy. Cache Valley will continue to stand up and help. We will keep it a great place to live.”
Fox said it is his hope that this flag will bring some peace, some hope and some healing to the Cache Valley and to Lizzy Shelley’s family.
The 30-foot by 60-foot all-weather flag — affectionately called “Little Betsy” — was hung Monday morning and will be in place all day on Tuesday when Shelley’s body is laid to rest. Volunteers say they will remove the flag Wednesday morning.