A 17-year-old male resident of Steele Creek Mobile Home Park has been arrested in the homicide of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, Lt. Earl Smith of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday afternoon.
The suspect will be charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and first-degree rape of a child. During the 4:30 p.m. news conference, Smith said, the suspect was still being interviewed by detectives from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect’s name was not released.
Law enforcement made contact with the suspect at 2:50 p.m. at his residence in the park, according to Smith, and deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and FBI took him into custody. Evidence connecting the suspect to the crime had been confirmed by the WSP Crime Lab earlier today, said Smith.
He will be booked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center.
More information will be posted this evening at kitsapsun.com.