Updated at 10:38 a.m.:
EAST BREMERTON — The parents of a missing 6-year-old girl in East Bremerton have been “very, very cooperative” with investigators, a spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.
Deputy Scott Wilson said detectives are aware that the father of Jenise Wright was once accused of molesting an 8-year-old relative and assaulting a 15-year-old babysitter in 2000 in Whatcom County. James Wright entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and the molestation charge was dropped. He pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor assault.
Wilson said investigators do not believe James Wright’s previous record has any connection with the girl’s disappearance.
“That was in the past and has nothing to do with this,” Wilson said during a media briefing. “I can’t emphasize that enough.”
Wilson said investigators have not identified any persons of interest.
He said the parents and all the residents of the mobile home park readily opened their doors to investigators during a search Tuesday.
All but two residences in the 103-unit park have been searched, he said.
“And we haven’t had to get one search warrant,” he said. “Everybody is saying, ‘We understand. Come in.’ ”
Jenise was last seen at about 10 p.m. Saturday, when she went to bed in her home in the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park east of Bremerton in unincorporated Kitsap County.
Her parents told sheriff’s deputies they had noticed she was gone on Sunday morning but were not initially alarmed because Jenise often left the house to wander the neighborhood and find playmates, Wilson said.
He said the girl’s family told deputies they felt it was relatively safe because the mobile-home park is in a fenced property, Wilson said.
The 3-foot-tall, dark-haired girl is well-known by neighbors, who described her to reporters as a social child who plays and chats with everyone.
When she failed to appear by 8:30 p.m. Sunday, her parents began going door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for her, according to Wilson.
An hour and a half later, they called 911, he said.
The Associated Press
BREMERTON, Wash. — Officers in Washington state worked through the night, asking residents of an east Bremerton mobile home park about a missing 6-year-old girl, but Jenise Wright remains missing.
Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson said Wednesday the initial search “surge” is over and now the case is turning into a methodical investigation.
More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved, including an FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team.
Jenise was last seen Saturday night at her home in the Steele Creek mobile home park. Her family reported her missing Sunday night. Wilson said the parents took an FBI lie-detector test and are cooperating.
Wilson says searchers have looked everywhere they can in and around the mobile home park, which has 103 homes.