Public's help needed in search for missing 6-year-old girl

Public's help needed in search for missing 6-year-old girl
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - Deputies and volunteers searched Monday for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her Washington 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, three dozen searchers were looking for Jenise Paulette Wright, including two tracking canines and a cadaver dog, he said.

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 that night 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)."

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.

The girl's mother had agreed to take a polygraph test.

The search began at about 1:30 a.m. Monday with deputies and volunteers in and around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park. They had cleared the park and were searching later in the morning in the surrounding neighborhood and wooded area, Wilson said.

Neighbor Jennifer Callahan spent the day searching for the missing girl, and she said she feared the worst.

"I didn't want to find something in the ditch. I didn't want to find something in the garbage can," Callahan said.

Jenise is 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds and has black hair. She'll be a first-grader this school year. She shared a bedroom with her sister.