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Sheriff: Suspect in Child Disappearance Likely Covered in Mud

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Authorities say the person who might be responsible for the disappearance of a 6-year-old Washington girl would have been "covered in mud." Authorities say the person who might be responsible for the disappearance of a 6-year-old Washington girl would have been "covered in mud."
UPDATE/SEATTLE (AP) - Authorities say the person who might be responsible for the disappearance of a 6-year-old Washington girl would have been "covered in mud."
    
A Kitsap County sheriff's spokesman said Friday the wooded area where they found a body believed to be that of Jenise Wright was covered with brush and likely was muddy. Deputy Scott Wilson says that person would have had muddy pants, shoes, shirt or boots.
    
Meanwhile, Wilson says authorities are collecting DNA swab samples from residents who volunteer them in the Bremerton-area mobile home park where Jenise lived. He says the samples will be used to eliminate suspects.
    
Jenise disappeared over the weekend, and the body was found Thursday in woods near the trailer park.
    
Autopsy results could be available later Friday.

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SEATTLE (AP) - Washington authorities say a body found near a mobile home park appears to be that of missing 6-year-old Jenise Wright, who disappeared from her home over the weekend.
   
The body was found before noon Thursday in a forested area. The girl's parents have been notified.
   
In a statement, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department said a coroner will make official confirmation of the identity, but "it appears that the body is that of Jenise."
   
Authorities said there have been no arrests in the case.
   
The girl was last seen when she went to bed Saturday night at her home near Bremerton, on the west side of Puget Sound across from Seattle.

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BREMERTON, WA. - Searchers have found the remains of a child believed to be 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

Law enforcement officers say the child's body was found in the vicinity of the mobile home park where the girl vanished over the weekend. Kitsap County authorities say the remains have not been identified and an autopsy will determine the manner and cause of death.
   
Dozens of law enforcement officers, including from the FBI, have been searching for Jenise Wright since early Monday. The little girl was last seen when she went to bed Saturday night at her home near Bremerton.

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/BREMERTON, WA. (AP) - The father of a missing 6-year-old Washington state girl was previously charged with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15.
   
Court records show James Wright later pleaded guilty in December 2001 to a misdemeanor assault charge related to the older girl. It was not clear why the molestation charges were dropped. Prosecutors did not immediately return a call Wednesday.
   
Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson said authorities are aware of the charges, which happened in another county. He says the parents have cooperated with the search for Jenise Wright.
   
Wright was last seen Saturday night at her home. Her family reported her missing Sunday night.
   
A listed number for James Wright could not be found. The defense attorney who represented him on the previous charges did not return a call.

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BREMERTON, WA. (AP) - Officers in Washington worked through the night Tuesday, asking residents of an east Bremerton mobile home park about a missing 6-year-old girl, but Jenise Wright remains missing.
    
Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said Wednesday the initial search "surge" is over and now the case is turning into a methodical investigation.
    
More than 100 officers from 10 law enforcement agencies are involved, including an FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team.
    
Jenise was last seen Saturday night at her home in the Steele Creek mobile home park. Her family reported her missing Sunday night. The parents took an FBI lie-detector test and are cooperating.
    
Wilson says searchers have looked everywhere they can in and around the mobile home park, which has 103 homes.
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