Body Found in Search for Washington Girl, 6

Hunt for Jenise Wright has tragic end

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2014 3:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – A tragic end to the search for 6-year-old Jenise Wright of Kitsap County, Washington: An FBI team discovered a body believed to be that of the missing girl in a wooded area close to the mobile park home where she was last seen Saturday night, reports King 5. A sheriff's department spokesman says the case is now a criminal investigation, and although no cause of death has been released, "we don't suspect she went into the woods by herself and [fell] into the bushes and [died]." No suspect has been identified.

Jenise, who would have started first grade this fall, wasn't reported missing until the evening after she was last seen, which the sheriff's department spokesman admits is "unusual" but says is because the family "lived unconventionally," the Seattle Times reports. Earlier this week, investigators said they knew her father had a criminal history, including two charges of child molestation, but that they didn't think there was a connection to her disappearance. Two other children have been removed from the home by child-welfare workers.

Karole Johnson places balloons of princesses and flowers at the entrance sign to the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park in Bremerton, Wash., yesterday.
Karole Johnson places balloons of princesses and flowers at the entrance sign to the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park in Bremerton, Wash., yesterday.   (AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Larry Steagall)
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Paulette Wright.
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Paulette Wright.   (AP Photo/FBI)
This undated photo provided by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office shows Jenise Paulette Wright.
This undated photo provided by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office shows Jenise Paulette Wright.   (AP Photo/Kitsap County Sheriff's Office)
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