Teen arrested in death of 6-year-old WA girl

BREMERTON, Wash. -- An arrest has been made in the death of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, the Kitsap County sheriff announced Saturday.

Detective Earl Smith announced that a 17-year-old male was arrested and would be charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and rape.

"We made a promise that we would bring justice to Jenise Wright and today we delivered on that promise," Smith said.

The suspect's name was not released because he is a minor. Police said he lives in the mobile home park the girl lived in.

Police said they don't know if the suspect knew the girl's family but since the mobile home park is so small it is "likely."

The girl's body was found in the woods near the park.

The state crime lab made positive confirmation of the suspect through forensic evidence.

The sheriff's office said Friday that it was collecting DNA cheek swabs from dozens of residents who volunteered them in the mobile home park.

No exact cause of death was immediately released.

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Several hundred people turned out Friday night for a vigil to honor Jenise Wright.

Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer repeated a promise made earlier in the day when the little girl was formally identified. He said while Jenise is gone, "We can and we will find justice for her."

The Wright family's pastor, Chris Byron, attended the vigil. The Kitsap Sun reports that he says the little girl's mother, Denise Wright, wanted to thank the search and law enforcement personnel who have worked on the case. The girl's father, James Wright, issued a statement through Byron, saying that he hopes "something positive can come from this tragedy."


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