6-Year-Old Missing Girl Whose Parents Waited a Day to Call Police Was 'Killed'

Jenise Paulette Wright, the sweet 6-year-old angel from Washington who went missing from her home last weekend, was killed in a wooded area near the trailer park where her family lived, according to police.

The little girl disappeared shortly after she went to bed on Saturday night, but her parents say they waited a day to call police because it wasn't the first time she had wandered around the mobile home park on her own. There were no signs of forced entry into their home and cops do not believe she was taken from her bedroom. Sadly, police found Jenise's body on Thursday, and after an autopsy confirmed she was killed, everyone in town became a suspect.

Investigators have reportedly collected "dozens" of DNA samples from residents in the mobile park community and police plan on expanding their search outside of the trailer park, as well. They've pulled surveillance videos from local businesses and have questioned registered sex offenders who live in the area.

Jenise's parents are also suspects in her murder. Their home was searched and they took lie detector tests -- though the results of both have not been revealed. We do know that shortly after the search for the girl began, their 8-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were removed from their home by child welfare workers -- which makes us question if "probable cause" was found. Cops say both parents are being cooperative.

It's worth mentioning that Jenise's father, James Wright, was charged with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15, more than 10 years ago, but police say they aren't focusing their attention on his past crimes.

Cops say whoever is responsible for this murder would have emerged from the woods caked in mud. In a sick coincidence, Jenise was murdered in the same wooded area where a 12-year-old girl named Cassie Holden was found killed in 1988. Her convicted killer is currently on death row.

As you can imagine, parents are on high alert in the community. What a devastating end to the search for this little girl -- one in which hundreds of people participated. There are still so many questions here that remain unanswered -- namely, how did Jenise get out of her bedroom? Why would her parents wait a full day to report her missing?

What do you think happened to Jenise?

 

Image via Kitsap County Sheriff's Office

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