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Missing girl's parents agree to lie detector test

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- The parents of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her Washington home and wasn't reported missing for a day have agreed to take lie detector tests and allow a search of the home, a sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

Both the home search and lie detector tests were in progress late Monday, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said. He said he doubted he would be able to discuss results.

State child welfare workers removed two other children, an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl, from the home earlier Monday.

About 80 searchers including dog teams looked Monday for little Jenise Wright, who 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.

A decision on whether to continue the ground search Tuesday was pending, the spokesman said.

The little girl's disappearance was being called a missing person case with "suspicious circumstances," Wilson said. Most missing children would have surfaced by now, he said.

Investigators, who now include the FBI and detectives from nearby police agencies and the Washington State Patrol, are "looking at the entire spectrum of possibilities: has the child sustained an accident? Has the child been abducted? Has the child come to harm?" Wilson said.

The FBI has resources "that we can only dream about - investigative tools, personnel that specialize in child abduction," Wilson said. "We're not calling it an abduction, but why not get those resources early on, examine all the possibilities."

Two parents live in the home in a blended family. The 8-year-old and 12-year-old were the only other children in the home last weekend. A 16-year-old boy was out of town. Two other offspring are adults.

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

"She's really independent, she's tenacious," the little girl's father, James Wright, told KOMO-TV, describing the neighborhood as safe and saying his daughter roamed the park.

Other residents in the park described Jenise as outgoing and unafraid to talk to anyone.

Bremerton is on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.

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.

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rainbowosmondfan August 05 2014 at 12:12 PM

"Oh, it's no problem that my SIX-year-old isn't in her bed in the morning. She does this all the time-wanders off and no one knows where she is, or cares, apparently. It's safe, because there's a fence, and we all know perverts can't climb fences, nor can small children climb out. Right?" Really? these people ought to be locked up just because they're obviously too stupid to be out in public.

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beastoburden5336 August 05 2014 at 12:34 PM

I am sorry but what is becoming of parents these days? Who wakes up and sees that their daughter is not in her bed and doesn't worry about it until late that night???? I mean really. At that age? Is this for real?

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roseyoungstewart beastoburden5336 August 05 2014 at 5:01 PM

don't be sorry. you had nothing to do with the disappearance.i would never apologize unless i was a guilty.

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d1anaw beastoburden5336 August 05 2014 at 7:41 PM

It's this generation of parents. They don't seem to feel that having kids should be an inconvenience to them and they are "too busy" doing their own thing. It's absolutely ridiculous. I remember when my parents' generation called us the "me generation". Unfortunately, this generation has taken me-ism to a whole new level. And even more unfortunately, there are many in my generation that are responsible for these self indulgent brats who never grew out of their egocentrism. And we will all pay for it as we age.

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Trisha d1anaw August 06 2014 at 5:31 AM

What generation? They have 2 ADULT children so they are not in their 20s and 30s. Or at least one of them isn't since its a blended family. One of them is in their late 30s to 40s or older.

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buddwhyzr August 05 2014 at 1:21 PM

I hope the girl is OK. Seems to me it's the parents that need the supervision.

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ram4131 August 05 2014 at 12:55 PM

Your little girl is missing in the morning but you don't report it until that night? Your reason for that is because she has WANDERED THE NEIGHBORHOOD in the past? Take away the other 2 kids and shoot the parents.

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Dianne & Ken ram4131 August 05 2014 at 5:45 PM

I like your thinking

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accordmee ram4131 August 06 2014 at 3:28 AM

If only!

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kimcrdr August 05 2014 at 11:55 AM

Gosh dang, these people don't deserve to be called parents! who in their right mind would just let a 6 yr. old come and go as she pleases? NOBODY would unless they have severe mental issues! the whole thing is suspicious and I don't know of any good parent, that as soon as discovering their child gone, NOT calling the cops, unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!

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Diane August 05 2014 at 12:59 PM

A 6 year old girl leaves the house & walks around the place on her own & her parents don't go looking for her or report it to the police immediately? Who in their right mind would think it's okay for a 6 year old girl to wander around by herself? And it doesn't matter if she is "independent" and "tenacious", it is your responsibility as a parent to make her NOT tenacious. A 6 year old is NOT independent in any shape of the word!!

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lv2213frs August 05 2014 at 12:11 PM

The 8 and 12 year old siblings will probably have a lot to tell the authorities. Hopefully, the little girl is OK but chances are, she is not.

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cracklinrosieoncloud9 August 05 2014 at 12:11 PM

How come people are up in arms about the parents letting this child roam free but the mother who was arrested for letting her 7 year old walk to a park blocks away was wrongfully arrested. People are nuts now a days!

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TripleXKimberly August 05 2014 at 1:29 PM

This sounds like another Elizabeth Smart Case. If everyone in the neighborhood knew her and she was friendly to everyone then she could have caught the attention of someone and that person kidnapped her from her room. Her parents let her wander around and do whatever she wanted at age six. And These Parents have done everything wrong and they make me sick! I hope very much that she is OK!

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bubbs561 August 05 2014 at 12:50 PM

She's 6 years old...and she is let out unsupervised to "walk around the neighborhood"? What is wrong with these parents!!! This makes me so angry!!

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Hi bubbs561 August 05 2014 at 12:57 PM

I have seen that going on for some years now. Some six year olds come home from school with key in hand to let themself in the house until a parent gets home, it's been happening for years too.

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