BREMERTON, Wash. - Deputies and volunteers intensified their search Monday for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her Bremerton home and wasn't reported missing for a day, while state child welfare workers removed two other children from the residence.
Child Protective Services took an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl from the home Monday morning, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said.
Meanwhile, around 80 searchers from seven counties were looking for Jenise Paulette Wright, including two tracking canines and a cadaver dog. A helicopter joined the search Monday afternoon. Neighbors have even joined in on the efforts.
"When 30 of my neighbors at midnight would help me look for my daughter, it means the world to me" said Jim Wright, Jenise's father.
Jenise was last seen Saturday night when she went to bed. Her family noticed her missing Sunday morning but didn't become worried and call for help until about 10 p.m. Sunday because she had left the home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood.
The family felt it was relatively safe because it's a fenced property, Wilson said.
"Yes. It is strange. At this point we don't suspect an abduction from the house," Wilson said. "Right now the focus is on (search and rescue)."
Investigators said Jim Wright has agreed to taking a polygraph test, though there is no reason to believe foul play at this time. Jenise's mother also agreed to take a polygraph. The family's home was searched for clues Monday night. A Kitsap County Sheriff's office spokesperson said detectives were taking all necessary steps for a thorough investigation.
The 8-year-old and 12-year-old were the only other children in the home over the weekend. A previous report of six other kids there was incorrect, Wilson said.
Two parents live in the home in a blended family. A 16-year-old boy is out of town. Two other offspring are adults.
Jenise is 3-feet tall and 45 pounds with a medium build. She is white, Native American and Filipino. She has black hair and brown eyes. The family wasn’t sure what she was wearing.
Anyone who knows where to find Jenise is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (360) 308-5400.
KING 5's Janet Kim and Natalie Swaby contributed to this report.