Search for Washington girl leads to child’s body

SEATTLE (AP) — Law enforcement officers searching for a 6-year-old Washington state girl said Thursday they found a child’s body in the vicinity of the mobile home park where the girl vanished over the weekend.

Authorities in Kitsap County said the remains have not been identified and an autopsy will determine the manner and cause of death. Earl Smith, incident commander for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s department, said Jenise Wright’s family had been notified.

Wright was last seen when she went to bed Saturday night at her home near Bremerton. Bremerton is on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.

Smith said the area where the body was discovered was being processed but provided few other details, saying more information would be available at an afternoon briefing.

Wright’s family said they didn’t call for help until Sunday night because the child had left the home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood, authorities have said. They felt it was relatively safe because the mobile home park is fenced.

The parents took FBI lie-detector tests Monday night, but the results have not been disclosed. Their home was also searched twice by different sets of authorities, Wilson said Wednesday.

Court records show the father, James Wright was charged more than a decade ago with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15. He pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court in December 2001 to a misdemeanor assault charge related to the older girl. It was not immediately clear why the molestation charges were dropped. Prosecutors there did not immediately return a call.

“That has nothing to do with this investigation right now,” Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson said at a news briefing Wednesday.

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