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

The Associated Press
August 9, 2014 04:54 PM

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Jenise Wright. A 17-year-old was arrested Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in the death and sexual assault of the 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 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. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

BREMERTON, Wash. - Authorities say 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 mobile home park she vanished from last weekend.

Kitsap County sheriff's Detective Earl Smith said at a news conference Saturday afternoon that deputies and FBI agents arrested the boy at his home without incident.

The teen lived in the same Bremerton-area mobile home park as the girl. Smith says the boy is being interviewed and will be booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, manslaughter and rape.

The state crime lab made positive confirmation of the suspect through forensic evidence.

The sheriff's office said Friday that it was collecting DNA cheek swabs from dozens of residents who volunteered them in the mobile home park.


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