Six-year-old Jenise Paulette Wright was last seen Saturday night, Aug. 2, when she went to bed. The next day, her parents said she had gone missing from her Bremerton, Washington home located on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle. Jenise’s parents realized by Sunday morning that she wasn’t in the home but didn’t contact authorities until Sunday night because, according to the parents, the child had left the family home on her own in the past to wander about the neighborhood.
By Monday, Aug. 4, beginning at around 1:30 a.m., a full-scale ground search conducted by approximately 80 searchers and search dogs for missing Jenise was underway, according to ABC News. Officials haven’t said yet whether their ground search for Jenice will continue today.
Also yesterday, Jenise’s parents agreed to take lie detector tests and allowed investigators to search their home at Steele Creek Mobile Home Park in Bremerton. Deputy Scott Wilson with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said that he “doubted he would be able to discuss results” of those lie detector tests. Wilson also shared Jenise’s family as saying they always felt safe at home because their property had a fenced yard.
Jenise, who was sharing a bedroom with her sister when she was last seen, is described as being three feet tall, weighing 45 pounds and has black hair. The six year old with the contagious smile will be entering first grade in the fall.
Two of Jenise’s siblings who were living at the home at the time of her disappearance - an eight-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl - have been removed from the home by child welfare workers. Jenise also has two adult siblings and a 16-year-old sibling who were not at home when she disappeared.
The little girl's disappearance was being called a missing person case with "suspicious circumstances," Wilson said. Most missing children would have surfaced by now, he said. ~ Fox News
Agencies helping the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office with the search for Jenice now include the FBI, the Washington State Patrol, and investigators from nearby police departments. Wilson said that searchers aren’t ruling out any possibilities regarding her disappearance, including whether or not she was involved in an accident, if she came to any harm, or if she was abducted.
The FBI has resources "that we can only dream about — investigative tools, personnel that specialize in child abduction," Wilson said. "We're not calling it abduction, but why not get those resources early on, examine all the possibilities."