BREMERTON, Wash. -- Law enforcement is asking people living in the area where a 6-year-old girl disappeared last week to dig deep into their memory if they can recall seeing a person wearing muddy clothes around the time of the disappearance.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said it expected to have a positive identification on a child’s body found in the area where Jenise Paulette Wright disappeared, although investigators already believe it is Wright. A manner of death may also be determined Friday, but Deputy Scott Wilson called it suspicious.
Wilson said searchers are re-canvassing the densly-wooded area where the body was found in search of more clues.
Wilson asked residents in the area to think about last weekend, when Wright disappeared. If they saw someone or something that seemed out of place, they are asked to call 911 or the FBI tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Although a manner of death has not been determined, Wilson suggested someone might be responsible and said that person would have mud on them, such as muddy shoes or clothes.
Wilson also said that residents of Steele Creek Mobile Home Park are being asked to voluntary submit to cheek swabs to collect DNA. Wilson said the purpose was to eliminate people as possible suspects. He said he did not know of anyone who has refused the DNA swab.
The parents remain cooperative, Wilson said.
Jenise was last seen alive 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. She was outgoing and unafraid to talk to anyone, family said.
Deputy Scott Wilson said in an interview Thursday that there were no signs of forced entry at the girl's home and no indication that she was taken from her room.
An FBI evidence research team has finished checking the area where the body was found, and a forensic mapping team from the Washington State Patrol's criminal investigation division planned to map the spot, Wilson said Thursday evening.
The girl's parents are cooperating with authorities, he said.
After the search began, state child welfare workers removed two other children, an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl, from the home.
Jenise Wright's father, James Wright, was charged more than a decade ago with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15, court records show.