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Authorities search for missing 6-year-old Washington girl


This undated photo, provided by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, shows 6-year-old Janice Paulette Wright.

Kitsap County sheriff's deputies are searching for a missing 6-year-old girl who was last seen Saturday night when she went to bed at the family home in east Bremerton.

Jenise Paulette Wright was missing Sunday morning, but the family didn't become worried and call for help until Sunday night because she had left the home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood, the sheriff's office said.

The family felt the home was relatively safe because it's a fenced property, said Deputy Scot Wilson.

"Yes. It is strange. At this point we don't suspect an abduction from the house," Wilson said. "Right now the focus is on [search and rescue]."

The search began about 1:30 a.m. Monday with deputies and volunteers in and around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park, where the girl lives with her parents and six siblings. Searchers have used dogs and heat-sensing equipment.

Child welfare workers, meanwhile, have removed two other children from the girl's home.

Wilson said Washington Child Protective Services took an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl from the home in east Bremerton, on the west side of Puget Sound, across from Seattle.

Wilson said the two were the only other children at the residence. A previous report of six children there was incorrect.

Wilson said two parents also live in the home in a blended family.

Jenise is 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds and has black hair. She'll be a first-grader this coming school year.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Kitsap County Sheriff at 360-308-5400.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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