“Today we have found what appears to be what appears to be remains of a child,” said Earl Smith of the kitsap county sheriff’s office, incident commander for the search effort.
He said the family of the missing girl, Jenise Wright, has been notified of the grim discovery. the child’s remains will be turned over to the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy that identify the body and determine the cause of death.
No arrests have been made so far as the investigation continues.
Jenise was last seen at her home in Steele Creek Mobile Home park at about 10 p.m. on Saturday night. her family reported her missing about 24 hours later on Sunday night. The family waited a day before calling for help because they say the girl wandered around the neighborhood on her own in the past.
A massive search involving more than 100 officers and 15 law enforcement agencies was launched after the girl was reported missing. Every home and outbuilding at the mobile home park was searched, along with trash bins and other receptacles.
At the same time, state child welfare workers removed two other children, an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl, from the home. wilson said that was done as a “precautionary effort.”
The parents took fbi lie-detector tests monday night, but the results have not been disclosed.
Court records show that Jenise’s father was charged more than a decade ago with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15.
According to court documents, James Wright was charged with first-degree child molestation in February 2000 for molesting the 8-year-old girl following a New Year’s Eve celebration. The girl told a detective and social worker that he inappropriately touched her.
More than a year later, in June 2001, the charges were amended to include third-degree child molestation after a 15-year-old girl who was babysitting the girl during new year’s eve 2000 said that wright touched her breasts and put his hands down her pants, according to court documents.
James Wright pleaded guilty in December 2001 to a misdemeanor assault charge related to the older girl. It was not immediately clear why the molestation charges were dropped.
A judge in Whatcom County Superior Court ultimately sentenced Wright to a year in jail but suspended the entire jail time provided he followed certain conditions, including paying fees. Wilson earlier said authorities were aware of the charge, but added it “has nothing to do with this investigation.”
He said the girl’s father and mother have been very cooperative and have been focused on finding Jenise.
Source: KOMO TV