UPDATED — Teenage boy accused of murder, rape in death of 6-year-old Bremerton girl

The Associated Press

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 has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the Bremerton-area mobile home park she vanished from last weekend.

The boy, who was not immediately identified, was arrested without incident by deputies and FBI agents Saturday at his home in the same 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 family of Jenise Wright was notified of the arrest about an hour after it took place.

A growing memorial at the entrance to the neighborhood includes silver balloons, stuffed animals, lit candles and flowers.

"There's a lot of grief," Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Wilson told The Seattle Times.

Wilson said he wasn't sure if the suspect and Jenise knew each other. But he noted that the community in and around the trailer park was small.

The FBI's Specialty Search Dogs Unit discovered Jenise's body of Wright on Thursday amid thick brush in a nearby wooded area.

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.

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

Last modified: August 11. 2014 2:13PM
Reader Comments
Local Business
Friends to Follow

To register a complaint about a comment, email moderator@peninsuladailynews.com and refer to the article and offending comment, or click here: REPORT ABUSE.

Peninsuladailynews.com comments are subject to the Peninsuladailynews.com User Policy.

From the PDN:




All materials Copyright © 2014 Black Press Ltd./Sound Publishing Inc. • Terms of UsePrivacy PolicyAssociated Press Copyright NoticeContact Us