Arrest made in death of 6-year-old Bremerton girl

Arrest made in death of 6-year-old Bremerton girl
BREMERTON, Wash. - Police have arrested a 17-year-old man in connection with the disappearance and murder of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, authorities said.

Incident commander Detective Liutenant Earl Smith said officers made contact with the teen around 3 p.m. Saturday, and arrested him in his home without incident.

The teen was identified through forensic evidence, and it's likely that voluntary DNA samples taken from the all park residents made the match. He will be booked for murder in the second degree, manslaughter in the first degree, and rape of a child in the first degree, Smith said.

An autopsy on Friday confirmed a body found in the woods was that of Jenise Wright. The coroner also ruled the death a homicide, said Smith. No exact cause of death was immediately released.

Jenise disappeared over the weekend, and her body was found Thursday in woods near the trailer park. She was last seen when she went to bed August 2nd. 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.

Hundreds of people, including officers from 15 law enforcement agencies, searched for Jenise, going door to door at Steele Creek Mobile Home Park on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.