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Child's remains found near Steele Creek Mobile Home Park; identity pending autopsy

FBI Special Agent in Charge Frank Montoya, Jr. speaks with various law enforcement personnel shortly after it was announced that a body was discovered near Steele Creek Mobile Home Park Aug. 7. - Kevan Moore/ Bremerton Patriot
FBI Special Agent in Charge Frank Montoya, Jr. speaks with various law enforcement personnel shortly after it was announced that a body was discovered near Steele Creek Mobile Home Park Aug. 7.
— image credit: Kevan Moore/ Bremerton Patriot

EAST BREMERTON — A child’s remains were found the morning of Aug. 7 in a heavily wooded area between Highway 303 and Steele Creek Mobile Home Park.

The Kitsap County Coroner was conducting an autopsy to confirm the child’s identity, and time and cause of death, Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said at a 12:15 p.m. news conference at Crosswords Neighborhood Church in East Bremerton.

“We’re fairly confident it’s her, but we have to go through the process,” he said, adding that the investigation has shifted from searching for Jenise Paulette Wright, a 6-year-old girl reported missing by her parents on Aug. 3, to finding evidence that might help determine how she died.

The girl’s family was notified Aug. 7, Wilson said.

Members of the search team looking for Jenise found a body in a heavily wooded area north of the mobile home park, where the girl lived with her parents and siblings. Police sealed off the area where the body was found.

Several agencies, including the FBI, were involved in the search. No arrests have been made, Wilson said.

More details were expected to be released at a press conference at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

The Bremerton Patriot will continue to update the story online on Sound Publishing’s Kitsap news sites: BainbridgeReview.com, BremertonPatriot.com, CentralKitsapReporter.com,  KingstonCommunityNews.com, NorthKitsapHerald.com, and PortOrchardIndependent.com.

 

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