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Tragic end after 4-day search for missing girl

Tragic end after 4-day search for missing girl

AP News, KGMI News Reporting

SEATTLE, Wash. – A four-day search for a missing 6-year-old Washington girl ended tragically Thursday, as authorities say they believe they have found the body of Jenise Wright.

Authorities in Kitsap County say it’s a criminal investigation, and they’re trying to narrow in on a suspect.

They said there have been no arrests in the case, and no cause of death was given.

An FBI team using search dogs discovered the body in a forested area near the mobile home park where the girl lived about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Jenise was last seen when she went to bed Saturday night.

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.

Jenise’s father has a record in Whatcom County.

James Wright was charged with molesting his step-daughter in Whatcom County back in 1999.

He pleaded guilty to assault and the molestation charges were dropped.

Wright has not been named as a suspect and authorities have said both parents have been cooperative.

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