August 9, 2014

Arrest Made in Child Homicide Investigation

The following release was issued by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office:

A significant break in the homicide investigation of Jenise Paulette Wright, age 6, of East Bremerton has occurred.

Six-year-old Jenise Paulette Wright of East Bremerton, Washington was reported missing by her family on the evening of August 3, 2014. Her body was later recovered, and an arrest was made in connection with the murder.

A suspect has been identified and an arrest has been made in this case.

  • Suspect: male juvenile, age 17.
  • Time of arrest: 2:50 p.m.
  • Location: 1300 block of NE Steele Creek Drive, East Bremerton.

The suspect’s identity will not been released at this time. That aspect will come later when determined by incident command in conjunction with the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.

This young man has been transported and booked into Kitsap County Youth Services Center (juvenile detention) on charges of:

  • Murder, second degree
  • Rape of a child, first degree
  • Manslaughter, first degree

The suspect will make an initial appearance in Kitsap County District Court at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11, for a review of booking charges and setting of bail.

Circumstances: Through forensic data collected during this investigation and the analysis of evidence in comparison to that data, sheriff’s detectives and FBI special agents developed probable cause to take the suspect into custody. This was accomplished in conjunction with the WSP Crime Lab, which was able to forensically connect the suspect to the death of this child.

Investigators continue with the very detailed and thorough process of this investigation. It will take more time to close this case, as there is much still to do.

We promised yesterday that we would find justice for Janise.

Today, we have reached a major milestone toward delivering on that promise.
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