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Teen Faces Charges of Murder, Rape in 6-Year-Old Washington Girl’s Death: Law Enforcement Officials

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Jenise Paulette Wright, age 6, was reported missing by her family on the evening of August 3, 2014. (Credit: FBI via CNN)

Jenise Paulette Wright, age 6, was reported missing by her family on the evening of August 3, 2014. (Credit: FBI via CNN)

A 17-year-old has been arrested in the sexual assault and killing of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her family’s Washington home six days ago, law enforcement officials said Saturday.

Jenise Wright, who vanished from the mobile home park where her family lives in east Bremerton, Wash., on Sunday, was found dead Thursday. Her death was ruled a homicide Friday, law enforcement officials have said.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI announced the arrest late Saturday afternoon. The suspect, identified only as a 17-year-old, was arrested at his home shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, police said during a news conference.

Jenise Paulette Wright, age 6, was reported missing by her family on the evening of August 3, 2014. (Credit: FBI via CNN)

Jenise Paulette Wright, age 6, was reported missing by her family on the evening of August 3, 2014. (Credit: FBI via CNN)

“We promised yesterday that we would find justice for Jenise,” read a statement issued by the Sheriff’s Office. “Today, we have reached a major milestone toward delivering on that promise.”

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