Missing girl's body recovered just 1/2 block from her home 'Empty life' Bill Whipple said even though the family knew Alex Whipple had problems, his alleged act of violence has left them dumbfounded. He said his grandson's mother abandoned him at age 5 and disappeared for a number of years. She then reappeared and took him to live in another county. "All I can tell you is he had an empty life. He had an empty home, an empty life. He was in and out of foster homes, he would run away from them, he wouldn’t stay in them at all. He was always on the run. And these are the things that, after a while, start to wear on you," Bill Whipple said. He said the family repeatedly offered him help and urged him to go to therapy but he declined. Though Alex Whipple had a difficult life, his grandfather said that in no way justifies his alleged actions. Bill Whipple said Lizzy's mother had a good relationship with her brother, Alex, and had helped him. She had "no clue" her brother could do such a thing, he said, adding that Jessica Whipple had done everything she could to protect her kids, and did everything she could to survive. "Lizzy was her whole life," he said.