At this hour, new information is casting a dark Paul over a frantic search to find a missing 6-year-old girl. As minutes go by, the questions pile up. Why did a full day pass before she was reported... See More
At this hour, new information is casting a dark Paul over a frantic search to find a missing 6-year-old girl. As minutes go by, the questions pile up. Why did a full day pass before she was reported missing? Why is it a neighbor, not her parents, who finally called 911? And could her own father's past have anything to do with the mystery? Here's ABC's gio Benitez. Reporter: This is the young face at the center of a frantic search. 6-year-old Jenise Wright, vanished without a trace. She's a daughter of east bremmerton. She's a daughter of all the of folks who live there. We want her back. Reporter: She was seen around 10:00 P.M. On Saturday night, by her parents. As they put her and her sister to bed. By Sunday morning, Jenise was gone. What we're looking for here is any trace of what happened to Jenise or where she may be. Reporter: What some find puzzling is that her parents did not call 911 right away. In fact, the police weren't called until 10:00 P.M. On Sunday night. A full 24 hours after they had last seen here. And even then, the phone call came from a neighbor. That is something that will certainly address. But right now, our focus is finding this child, with regard to issues why the delay, it was explained to us that this was Normal behavior for this child. Reporter: The parents cold police, they weren't worried at first because their mobile home park community is fenced in. And Jenise would often wander the neighborhood, something they reported allowing their 6-year-old daughter to do. But in the past, she had always come home. There's no rational reason or responsible reason to not immediately contact the police if you don't know where your child is. A 6-year-old outside, either an adult's view is in danger. They are extremely vulnerable moving around on their own. Anytime it gets beyond an adult that knows the child supervising them, there's a real potential of danger or harm coming to a child. Reporter: But tonight, new details emerging about the dark past of the missing girl's father. ABC news has obtained court records that show James Wright was charged with molesting his stepdaughter back in 1999. He pled guilty to assault. But the molestation charges were dropped. Yesterday, Wright consented to a police search of the family home. And took a lie detector test. Although investigators won't release the results. And even though child protective services removed two of Jenise's siblings from the home, police stated he is not a suspect or a person of interest. Jenise's father spoke to our station KOMO yesterday. She's tenacious. She know where's home is. Reporter: Today marked day two of the frantic search for the bubbly three-foot tall, 45-pound girl, known around the neighborhood as sweet and trusting. Now, drawing to an end with no leads and no clues. Unable to confirm what Jenise was wearing when she went missing. More than 100 officers from 10 agencies, including the FBI, the sheriff's office and the center for missing and exploited children, from descended on this small, suburban neighborhood. No one allowed in or out, except residents. Searching the backseat and truck of every, single car coming and going. And halfway through the search of every, single 1 of the 103 homes in that community. Nothing allowed out of the area until it's been examined, including all of the residents' recycle bins and dumpsters. Volunteers searching for any clues, have been requested to stop to allow police to focus on the other residences. Everyone knows the clock is ticking. This is heart wrenching. There isn't an officer or first responder, their hearts go out to this little girl. And we're going to do everything we can to try and find her. Reporter: The chances of finding a missing child plummet after the first 24 hours. And for the Wright family it is past 72. Unconfirmed is the clothing he was last seen wearing. There's sightings from witnesses in the park, who say she was wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans and may have been wearing flip-flops or being barefoot. Reporter: Still, this shaken community refuses to give up on the girl, with that contagious smile. Neighbors say little Jenise loved to knock on doors and ask if anyone could come out to play. Everyone hoping and praying that little Jenise may soon get to start first grade in the fall. I hope the child's well and she's okay. Reporter: I'm gio Benitez for "Nightline," in New York.
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