Search expands for 6-year-old Jenise Wright

BREMERTON, Wash. The search for missing 6-year-old girl Jenise Wright is expanding to areas east and west of the mobile home park where she disappeared from over the weekend.

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. Deep canvassing of the Steele Creek Mobile home park is complete and check points that had been set up in the neighborhood have now been removed, but officials say the search is far from over.

More than 100 officers from 15 law enforcement agencies are involved, including an FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team.

On Wednesday, authorities also asked for the public's assistance in two very specific ways.

First, they're asking property owners in East Bremerton, particularly those who own multiple acres, to do their part by doing a thorough search on their property.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute missing person fliers. They can be picked up at Fire Station 41 in Bremerton and the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, or printed off the internet.

While investigators said they aren't asking for volunteers in conducting a grid search, some in nearby neighborhoods have taken it upon themselves to help the efforts to find Jenise.

If it was my little girl, then I would want anybody and everybody looking out for her, said Vincent Ferrante, who has been using his dirt bike to search the nearby wooded area.

In the latest press brief Wednesday, Wilson encouraged people to take a closer look at their own property for any clues. He also called for volunteers who would like to help put up signs in nearby businesses.

The FBI has set up a tipline to collect information. It s 1-800-CALL-FBI. Searchers are also using the hashtag #findjenise

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 are still trying to contact everyone who lives in the mobile home park. They re also trying to contact all the registered sex offenders in the county, but some are transients and hard to track down.

Jenise s home has been searched twice by two different agencies, but Wilson said details of what was found or not found aren t being released, yet.

Court records show that Jenise's father, Jim Wright, was accused of molesting an 8-year-old relative and assaulting a 15-year-old babysitter after a night of drinking in January of 2000. Wright entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement and the molestation charge was dropped. He pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor assault.

Wilson reiterated Wednesday that the sheriff's office will not comment on any past criminal history.

Two other children living in the home, ages 8 and 12, were removed by Child Protective Services Monday.


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