The Logan City Police Department released a ‘thank you’ video Friday afternoon to thank the community for the outpouring of support and generosity, and to thank other law enforcement agencies that assisted in the search for Elizabeth “Lizzy” Shelley.
“This case was so heavily involved that without the assistance and help of our generous community and generous partners in law enforcement we certainly couldn’t have done what we did to bring this case to a close,” says Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen in the video.
Appearing with Jensen was Shelley Peterson, the city’s 911 director, Captain Tyson Budge, who is over the city’s patrol and initial response, and Captain Curtis Hooley who Jensen says played a dual role being over investigations and acting as a liaison with Lizzy’s family.
“This was a call that we’ve prepared for for years and years and years,” Peterson explains, “that we never wanted and hoped it would never happen here. It was overwhelming and quickly comforting to see the outpouring of the individuals in this valley and in this department.”
She said the department wants to make sure everyone knows that the tips, the support and the prayers were appreciated.
“When the shift supervisor contacted me,” says Budge, “he said, ‘this one doesn’t feel right. There’s something different about this one.’ I had hoped all morning that he was wrong.”
Captain Hooley says the thing that stands out the most for him was the amount of resources and the willingness of other agencies to work until they were exhausted.
“We literally had to tell people to go home and get rest,” Hooley explains, “so they could come back (the next day) to start the whole day again.”
Hooley says it was a great comfort to him to see so many willing participants, and the family noticed it as well.
“I spoke to the family numerous times each day, personally, and I know they expressed to me so many times,” he says, “the appreciation they had that there were people in this community and other agencies that surrounded us in other counties, including Idaho, who came down and took on the huge undertaking of trying to find her in our county. I know they so appreciated that.”
Cooley says he hopes that helps to ease the burden the family is facing now.
“This has been amazing,” Chief Jensen exclaims at the video’s conclusion. “We felt to get together to do this video, that it would hopefully capture all of those who we missed.
“As you can imagine, this was happening at 100 miles per hour. From all of us, we thank you for our service, for reaching out to us to be a part of this and helping us bring this case to an end. Thank you so much.”
The video has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. You can see it in its entirety below:
We can never say thank you enough.
Posted by Logan City Police Department on Friday, May 31, 2019