The parents of a 6-year-old missing girl were given a lie detector test to help investigators and searchers looking for Jenise Wright, but the results likely won’t be released to the public, said Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson.
The lie detector tests were taken Monday night as the search continued in the east Bremerton neighborhood around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park in Washington.
Officials meeting Tuesday morning were planning their next steps in the case, Wilson said.
The missing girl was last seen Saturday night when she went to bed. Her family noticed she was missing Sunday morning but didn’t become worried or call for help until later that night because she had left home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood, ABC News reports.
The family felt their surroundings were relatively safe because the mobile home park is fenced, Wilson said.
The search for Jenise began early Monday and grew to involve 80 searchers and three dog teams in the neighborhood and surrounding wooded area. Meanwhile, state child welfare workers removed two other children, a 12-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, from the home.
Jenise’s sudden disappearance is being described as a missing person case with “suspicious circumstances,” Wilson said. Most missing children would have surfaced by now, he said.
The investigation has expanded to include the FBI, Washington State Patrol and detectives from nearby police agencies. They 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.
“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 sometimes roamed the park.
Jenise is 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds and has short black hair. She’ll be attending first grade this year at school.
Parents of Missing Girl Given Lie Detector Test