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Officials: 17-year-old boy arrested in death, sexual assault of 6-year-old Washington girl

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - A 17-year-old has been arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the Washington state mobile home park she vanished from last weekend, authorities said.

The boy was arrested Saturday without incident by deputies and FBI agents at his home in the same Bremerton-area mobile home park, Kitsap County sheriff's Detective Earl Smith said at a news conference.

The Washington state crime lab made positive confirmation of the suspect through forensic evidence. Earlier in the week, the sheriff's office had collected DNA cheek swabs from dozens of nearby residents.

Smith said Saturday that the boy was being interviewed and will be booked with second-degree murder, manslaughter and rape in the girl's death.

The family of Jenise Wright was notified of the arrest about an hour after it took place. A growing memorial at the entrance to the neighborhood includes silver balloons, stuffed animals, lit candles and flowers.

"There's a lot of grief," Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Wilson told The Seattle Times.

Wilson said he wasn't sure if the suspect and Jenise knew each other. He pointed out that the community in and around the trailer park was small.

Justin Pearce, a resident of Steele Creek Mobile Home Park, told the Times that he heard the news of an arrest with "sadness, but relief. It doesn't bring her back, but it's still relief."

The FBI's Specialty Search Dogs Unit discovered Jenise's body on Thursday amid thick brush in a nearby wooded area. Volunteer canine search teams had previously reported that their dogs had showed interest in a particular area.

Jenise was last seen when she went to bed on the night of Aug. 2. Her parents waited a day before calling for help because they say the girl had wandered around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park on her own in the past.

Officials have said that there were no signs of forced entry at Jenise's home and no indication she was taken from her room.

Hundreds of people, including officers from 15 law enforcement agencies, searched for Jenise and went door to door at the mobile home park on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle. They also pulled surveillance video from nearby businesses and checked in with sex offenders in the county.

Teen Neighbor Arrested In Washington State Girl's Killing

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MERLIN August 09 2014 at 8:12 PM

death is the only answer for baby killing

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susieq August 09 2014 at 8:17 PM

The parents also need to be held accountable. Who lets their six-year-old child -- male or female -- roam the neighborhood all day unsupervised? Just horrible!

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rjollierroger August 09 2014 at 8:11 PM

What is wrong with kids these days? I am 66 yrs. old. When I grew up, we never heard of this kind of **** happening at ALL. Now it is daily.

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Sue August 09 2014 at 8:12 PM

What I can not fathom is WHY her parents let her run wild, and didn't call the police? If I went out and mine was gone for more than her allotted time, I'd be on that phone pronto!

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BRUCE August 09 2014 at 8:12 PM

Sick little bastard.....I'm sure they will try him as an adult and please put this little shite in with general population and let the big boys have a treat to play with before they kill him. Just sickening....

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govtmarketing August 09 2014 at 8:13 PM

I would have never let my six year old out of my sight. The parents should have some responsibility for not have protected their child m. That is RIDICULOUS

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marticarn August 09 2014 at 8:13 PM

I hope he gets charged as an adult! He should be charged with 1st degree murder! Why 2nd? I don't understand? He deserves the death penalty. 17 and just pure EVIL!!!!!!!

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maryellen157 August 09 2014 at 8:12 PM

just disguesting what this world is becoming. no value of innocent human life. there are no words to even describe this terrible tragedy. Our youth has been desensitized to the value of a life too many twisted sick minds. May this little angel rest in heaven.

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astenson August 09 2014 at 8:09 PM

Just lock him up and throw the keys away. He doesn't deserve being on this earth anymore. That poor little girl.

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lunasfirstmate August 09 2014 at 8:10 PM

He needs to be castrated so the "little bastard" isn't released to do that again....He should have the books thrown at him and be treated as an adult!

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