More than 100 officers search for Washington girl

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — More than 100 officers from 10 agencies are involved in the search for a 6-year-old girl who went missing over the weekend from her home near Bremerton, Washington.

The Kitsap County sheriff’s office remains the lead agency and Deputy Scott Wilson says it’s getting help from the FBI and Washington State Patrol. Police and firefighters from local departments also are assisting.

Their job Tuesday is searching all 103 homes in the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park.

Jenise (juh-NEES’) Wright was last seen at her home in the park Saturday night and was reported missing Sunday night.

The parents have taken lie detector tests, but the results have not been disclosed.

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The parents of a missing 6-year-old Washington girl have taken lie detector tests to help investigators and searchers looking for little Jenise Wright, but the results probably won’t be released to the public, said Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson.

The tests were taken Monday night as the search continued in the east Bremerton neighborhood around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park.

Officials meeting Tuesday morning were planning their next step, Wilson said.

Jenise was last seen Saturday night when she went to bed. Her family noticed her missing Sunday morning but didn’t become worried and call for help until that night because she had left the home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood.

The family felt it was relatively safe because the mobile home park is fenced, Wilson said.

The search began early Monday and grew to involve about 80 searchers including three dog teams in the neighborhood and surrounding wooded area. Meanwhile, state child welfare workers removed two other children, an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl, from the home.

The little girl’s disappearance was being called a missing person case with “suspicious circumstances,” Wilson said. Most missing children would have surfaced by now, he said.

The investigation now includes the FBI, Washington State Patrol and detectives from nearby police agencies. They are “looking at the entire spectrum of possibilities: Has the child sustained an accident? Has the child been abducted? Has the child come to harm?” Wilson said.

The FBI has resources “that we can only dream about — investigative tools, personnel that specialize in child abduction,” Wilson said. “We’re not calling it an abduction, but why not get those resources early on, examine all the possibilities.”

The two parents live in the home in a blended family. The 8-year-old and 12-year-old were the only other children in the home last weekend. A 16-year-old boy was out of town. Two others at the home are adults.

Other residents in the park described Jenise as outgoing and unafraid to talk to anyone.

“She’s really independent, she’s tenacious,” the little girl’s father, James Wright, told KOMO-TV, describing the neighborhood as safe and saying his daughter roamed the park.

Jenise is 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds and has black hair. She’ll be a first-grader this school year. She shared a bedroom with her sister.

Bremerton is on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.

 

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