3rd UPDATE — Teen arrested in killing of 6-year-old Bremerton girl

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Several hundred at vigil for slain girl
BREMERTON — Several hundred people turned out Friday night for a vigil to honor the 6-year-old girl found murdered several days after she disappeared from her Bremerton-area home.

Authorities say an autopsy has confirmed that a body found in the woods near the mobile home park where Jenise Wright lived was that of the little girl who vanished last weekend. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer repeated a promise made earlier in the day when the little girl was formally identified.

He said while Jenise is gone, "We can and we will find justice for her."

The Wright family's pastor, Chris Byron, attended the vigil. The Kitsap Sun reports that he says the little girl's mother, Denise Wright, wanted to thank the search and law enforcement personnel who have worked on the case.

The girl's father, James Wright, issued a statement through Byron, saying that he hopes "something positive can come from this tragedy."
The Associated Press
BREMERTON — A 17-year-old was arrested Saturday in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the mobile home park she vanished from last weekend, authorities said.

The boy, not immediately identified, was arrested without incident by deputies and FBI agents at his home in the same Bremerton-area mobile home park, Kitsap County sheriff's Detective Earl Smith said at a news conference.

The state crime lab made positive confirmation of the suspect through forensic evidence. Earlier in the week, the sheriff's office had collected DNA cheek swabs from dozens of nearby residents.

Smith said Saturday that the boy was being interviewed and will be booked with second-degree murder, manslaughter and rape in the girl's death.

The FBI's Specialty Search Dogs Unit discovered the body of Jenise Wright on Thursday amid thick brush in a wooded area near the trailer park. Volunteer canine search teams had previously reported that their dogs had showed interest in a particular area.

Jenise was last seen when she went to bed on the night of Aug. 2.

Her parents waited a day before calling for help because they say the girl had wandered around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park on her own in the past.

Officials have said that there were no signs of forced entry at Jenise's home and no indication she was taken from her room.

Hundreds of people, including officers from 15 law enforcement agencies, searched for Jenise, went door to door at the mobile home park on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.

They also pulled surveillance video from nearby businesses and checked in with sex offenders in the county.

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