Thursday, August 7, 2014

UPDATED: Statement Analysis: Father of Missing 6 Year Old

Jenise Wright, 6
7 August, 2014 4PM EST  UPDATE:  Remains of small girl found; family notified.  

 When a child goes missing, there is no need to say that the parents are cooperating, for after all, what parent would not cooperate with police attempting to find his or her child?  

This is the "expected."

Statement Analysis deals with the "unexpected."

In fact, in some cases, we find that parental cooperation is not even mentioned by police, as there should be no need, that is, unless the press or public thinks the parents are not cooperating, or, in fact, if the parents themselves are less than cooperative.  

To be "very very cooperative" is sensitive. 

We already know that the family is neglectful, in that they allow the 6 year old girl to wander the neighborhood and that they did not report her missing until the next day.  

Do the police believe the child is deceased?

Why is "cooperation" even mentioned?

This is a child of Neglect.  Substance abuse and sexual abuse are likely a part of this case.  When a parent waits 24 hours to report a child missing, the parent has a reason.  

The father Jim Wright:   "My head’s just swimming, I don't know what to think. She went to bed, she was asleep. Wake up, she’s probably out running and playing,' 

He tells us, not that he does not know, but doesn't know what to think.

"She went to bed" is straight forward and percentage wise, reliable.
"She was asleep" is also reliable. 

"Wake up" is to drop the pronoun.  Here is why:

1.  He does not use her name.  This is distancing language.
2.  He does tell us that she did go to bed and that she did go to sleep.
3.  He is unable to tell us that she woke up. 

Police should carefully consider unintended death, perhaps by drugs or alcohol, coupled with sexual abuse. (The sexual abuse is based upon history) 

He is unable to use either her name, or even the pronoun about "waking up."  The overwhelming number of people who are deceptive do so by withholding information rather than outright lying.  

We also look for any subtle blaming of the victim as human nature does not like the feeling of guilt.    This is concerning:

“She is a social butterfly, she’s the youngest, she's a spoiled little brat, and she’s the 

princess of the household and she gets her way most times than the others and the older 

ones can’t stand it," said the girl's father, Jim Wright.

Note the absence of her name, as well as the insult, and the joining in of the blame by the use of the "older ones" being unable to "stand it."  Sometimes it may appear as one is being cute, but consider the context:  She is only 6 years old and is missing.  The context makes it not cute.

Investigating agencies have been flooded with tips, leads and ideas in connection with the hunt for a missing 6-year-old girl, but still no trace of her has been found, officials said Wednesday as the search continued into its third day.

"We've gotten a lot of leads - tips coming in from the public," said Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. "We have assigned agents who monitor those tips, and they go out ... and monitor what's going on, but nothing I can get into specifically at this time."

In addition, investigators have removed several items from the girl's Bremerton home they hope may shed light on the baffling case. Wilson would not describe the items, but said they will be processed at the Washington State Patrol's crime lab.

More than 15 law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and State Patrol, are now involved in the search for little Jenise Wright, which has centered on the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park where she lives and was last seen.

All 103 homes and every outbuilding and vehicle in the park also are being searched, along with trash cans and recycling bins. Wilson said.

"The cooperation from folks inside Steele Creek has been wonderful," Wilson said. "We haven't needed one search warrant - (investigators) go in, do what they need to do and get out."

Warrants take time.  

Investigators also are talking to registered sex offenders in the neighborhood and are attempting to track down transient sex offenders who may have been in the area when Jenise vanished.

And as the hunt continues, Wilson said investigators are expanding the search perimeters to include areas to the east and west of the mobile home park. They also are looking at surveillance video from businesses in the surrounding area.

The FBI also is bringing in additional assets, including specialized search dogs, he said.

Investigators don't know if the little girl wandered off or was the victim of an accident, abduction or homicide.

"We have to approach it as if it's a worst-case scenario and hope for the best," Wilson said. "We're hoping she's fine - we don't have anything that says she's not still alive."

Meanwhile, court records have surfaced showing that Jenise's father was charged more than a decade ago with molesting two girls, ages 8 and 15.

According to court documents, James Wright was charged with first-degree child molestation in February 2000 for molesting the 8-year-old girl following a New Year's Eve celebration. The girl told a detective and social worker that he inappropriately touched her.

More than a year later, in June 2001, the charges were amended to include third-degree child molestation after a 15-year-old girl who was babysitting the girl during New Year's Eve 2000 said that Wright touched her breasts and put his hands down her pants, according to court documents.

James Wright pleaded guilty in December 2001 to a misdemeanor assault charge related to the older girl. It was not immediately clear why the molestation charges were dropped. Prosecutors in Whatcom County did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

A judge in Whatcom County Superior Court ultimately sentenced Wright to a year in jail but suspended the entire jail time provided he followed certain conditions, including paying fees.

Wilson said authorities are aware of the charge, but added it "has nothing to do with this investigation." He said the girl's father and mother have been very cooperative and they're focused on finding Jenise. 

"Her parents have been very, very cooperative with us - maybe not as much publicly as other parents. Some folks are media shy. But they are cooperating with us and we really appreciate that," Wilson said.

The sensitivity of cooperation is noted. 

1  "very very" is to make cooperation sensitive.  

2.  "not" is in the negative
3.  They are compared to other parents "publicly"

What causes the sensitivity associated with parental cooperation of a missing child?

When a child goes missing, parental cooperation is the expected and often is not even mentioned.  

Sensitivity can be due to:

A   Public criticism.  The police may say that the parents are "very very cooperative", using the extra emphasis, due to the criticism that may have arisen in the press. 

B.  Persuasion:  The police may be using this public statement in an attempt to persuade the family to cooperate.  We saw this with Justin DiPietro, who was initially not talking.  He was publicly praised and this caused him to polygraph, which he failed. 

C.  Deception:  It may be that the parents are not cooperating and the police officer does not want the public to know this, so he uses needless emphasis which actually alerts the public, instead.  

D.  For unknown reason, the police did not expect the parents to be cooperative and the sensitivity is due to surprise.  Note that in this case, the father has a dark history which may be why the police are saying this.  He could have nothing to do with the disappearance and police feel the need to stress how cooperative the father is.  

We seek more statements to learn why "cooperation" is a sensitive topic to the police.  

Note that "Some folks" is not to say these people.  This appears to avoid insult while avoiding a direct lie.  He does not say that they are media shy.  We are not to say it for him. 

"With":  The word "with" when found between people, indicates distance.  Note the distance between the parents and police is confirmed by the police appreciation. 

They do not "appreciate" the cooperation, they "really" appreciate it.  This makes their appreciation, as well as the parents' cooperation, sensitive. 

Jenise was last seen at her home in the park Saturday night. Her family reported her missing Sunday night.

The family waited a day before calling for help because they say the girl wandered around the neighborhood on her own in the past. They felt it was relatively safe because the mobile home park is fenced, Wilson said.

It is a shame we do not have direct quotes.  

After the search began Monday, state child welfare workers removed two other children, an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl, from the home. Wilson said that was done as a "precautionary effort."

The parents took FBI lie-detector tests Monday night, but the results have not been disclosed. 

Neighbors of the family are worried and upset that a child could vanish without a trace in their neighborhood.

"I don't want to put blame on people, but I think we all know what's going on, and I think a lot of things could have been prevented. It's tragic and I hope that they find her," said one neighbor.

What one says in the negative is weighty while the neighbor's use of the word "but" refutes the desire to not blame people.  

James Wright, who goes by Jim, was arrested in 2000 on felony charges of child molestation in the first degree after an 8-year-old girl said he inappropriately touched them after a night of drinking.
More than a year later, in June 2001, the charges were amended to include third-degree child molestation after a 15-year-old girl who was babysitting the girl during New Year's Eve 2000 said that Wright touched her breasts and put his hands down her pants.

Police:  "Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer said, “This is heart-wrenching … We’re going to do everything that we can to find her. I remain a true optimist. And we are going to hope for the very, very best.
Sensitivity noted, as suspicion of her death is in the mind of Steve Boyer.  Going from "we" to "I" makes this very strong.  He is not an optimist but a "true optimist" for himself, but then goes to "we" gain, with hope sensitivity noted with "very very" here.

The little girl was allowed to roam the Steele Creek neighborhood all by herself.  This may have caused CPS to remove the other children.  On the live broadcast, the police referenced her in the past tense.  This may indicate that he believes the child may be deceased.  

Older sister, Melanie Davis:

 “It’s really tough … to be put in a situation like … to have something like this happen to our family. It’s heartbreaking. You are trying to hope for the best  and pray for the best that she makes it home safe and that she comes home to us.

“Every minute, every hour, it kills me not knowing anything. It’s something that you try not to think about …  it’s still on your mind.


Anonymous said...

they may be cooperating with the police more than they know. everything they say while cooperating is that much more that police can use against them. perhaps the officer who stated they were cooperating, is surprised at the amount of info that is being told to them that is actually damning evidence, and he wishes for it to continue until they can find the child and know what happened to her.
being very very cooperative is about the time a lawyer would tell you to shut up.

Anonymous said...

At the end of the PC, I asked the question "Can you tell us who made the 911 call" - he said he could answer that after - so I talked to him off camera and he said a neighbor made the initial call and then handed the phone to the father.

if this is true... uht oh, the person guilty is the last person who wants to make that call to police. of course we dont know if maybe they didnt have there own phone and used a neighbors cell that he didnt know how to use so they dialed it for him?

Unknown said...

The sheriff's sensitivity about co-operation makes sense. It's impossible for these 'parents' to be "very, very co-operative", when according to their story...they know nothing!

They don't know when she disappeared, what time she woke up, or if she even did wake up at their home in the morning, they don't know what she was wearing, they don't know when she last ate, they don't know who she was with during the 24 hours which they didn't lay eyes on her, etc.

What possible 'co-operation' can they offer, considering their story is that the last time they saw her was 24hrs before they decided she was 'missing' enough to worry, and eventually notify authorities?

They aren't co-operating. Just like they weren't parenting. Since they claim to have no information to offer, the very least they could do is publicly call out to their daughter, in the hopes that she will somehow hear it...but they haven't even done that.

I wouldn't care for a dog in the irresponsible manner these pathetic people cared for their youngest child. God Bless this little girl's heart, and watch over her!

Katprint said...

I'm not clear on how much Statement Analysis takes into consideration when the speaker says something that is contrary to known facts. For example, the sheriff's office statement that the 8-year-old brother and 12-year-old sister were removed from the home as merely a "precautionary effort" cannot be true. The State of Washington (RCW 26.44.050 ) provides that "A law enforcement officer may take, or cause to be taken, a child into custody without a court order if there is probable cause to believe that the child is abused or neglected and that the child would be injured or could not be taken into custody if it were necessary to first obtain a court order pursuant to RCW 13.34.050." Probable cause is the opposite of precautionary.

What *I* get out of the sheriff's statements is that they consider the parents to be suspects, particularly the father, but they don't want to tell the parents that they are suspects because that might interfere with the investigation. It is extremely common for the perpetrators to "return to the scene of the crime" and no doubt they've got these parents under close surveillance to see whether they return to wherever they put their daughter's body, like Casey Anthony repeatedly driving past the swampy area where she dumped Caylee's body or Scott Peterson driving 85+ miles back to sit overlooking the SF Bay where he dumped his wife Laci's body. I also suspect the sheriff's office would prefer that the parents don't lawyer up and start refusing interviews, requiring search warrants, etc.

Kellie said...

Is telling what one doesn't know indicative in the same sense as telling what one didn't do?

If the father knows she went to bed and knows she was asleep how can he possibly not know what she was wearing? It seems like he wants it to be perceived that he wasn't paying much attention.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

Interesting point, Kellie.

Anonymous who wrote, "they may be cooperating with the police more than they know" is astute.

Jen, excellent pick up.

Anonymous said...

The two older sisters of Jenise speak on the linked video. The one who is defiant and defensive, she is in denial. The charges of the step father, he accused of upon an 8 yr old step daughter, 1999.

It wasn't her? was it the other sister shown in the video? Two totally different reactions within the missing of little Jenise.

One is clearly tortured her little sister is missing, the other is concerned with protecting the reputation of what (she says)no one knows, no one understands the private life of her family, parents.

Sister, Melanie, is she the sister the Step Father was accused of molesting? age 8.

Melanie Davis, an older sister of Jenise, said,

“It’s really tough … to be put in a situation like … to have something like this happen to our family. It’s heartbreaking.

You are trying to hope for the best and pray for the best that she makes it home safe and that she comes home to us.

“Every minute, every hour, it kills me not knowing anything.

It’s something that you try not to think about … (but) it’s still on your mind.”

" on your mind" this would be of her to have a past event? on her mind? as she is trying not to think about it.

A witness quoted, 14 yr old who says she was with Jenise.

Mary Pelnar, 14, was one of the last people to see Jenise. She said they were together Saturday night.

“I was hanging out with her all day Friday and Saturday and I woke up and didn’t see her at all Sunday,” Mary said.

6 yr olds hang out with 14 yr olds? If no one (parental) is monitoring your whereabouts at age 6, for endless hours,, I guess age of who she is with or isn't with, is what it is. She was free to roam, wherever one was watching over her, she safe dependent upon she arrived home when?. Ugh.

This little girl, Jenise was and is raised parentified, as it appears so was the sister who is defending who isn't victimized.

Her step father who apparently can't keep his hands off of minors girls, she wasn't the one he crossed boundaries with? Therefore he didn't do it? her sister made it up? she is angry.

News flash, parents who have nothing to hide do not care if their done dids are aired publicly, our nation to learn this by the Missing Adam Walsh. Why has she hired herself on to be their campaign manager? She in another video, her statements, her first priority, protecting her parents.

Her parents are not victims
They are not missing, they were not exploited, they are not Six years old.

Link to video:

Statement Analysis Blog said...

Thanks, Anonymous, for the sister's statement. I have added it to the original article.

Katprint said...

To clarify my prior post, removing someone's children from their home is considered a BIG DEAL by the justice system. If there is only a "reasonable suspicion" of possible abuse/neglect in the past then the child protection workers can perform a brief "investigatory detention," for example interviewing the children or having the children undergo a medical exam. If those suspicions are confirmed then the next step would be to file a petition with the court, and the parents would be given an opportunity to oppose that petition. RCW 13.34.050 requires the government to submit evidence proving "reasonable grounds that the child's health, safety, and welfare will be seriously endangered if not taken into custody and at least one of the grounds set forth demonstrates a risk of imminent harm to the child. "Imminent harm" for purposes of this section shall include, but not be limited to, circumstances of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation as defined in RCW 26.44.020, and a parent's failure to perform basic parental functions, obligations, and duties as the result of substance abuse; and (c) the court finds reasonable grounds to believe the child is dependent and that the child's health, safety, and welfare will be seriously endangered if not taken into custody."

Taking the children into emergency protective custody requires "probable cause" not just that the children have been abused/neglected in the past but also that the children are at such a great risk of imminent harm in the immediate future that they are likely to be injured or not be able to be taken into custody (i.e. dead or "missing") if the government were required to take the time to petition for a court order. This is a pretty high standard.

It flies in the face of common sense that children would be taken into emergency protective custody as a "precautionary effort" in the absence of some strong evidence that there is a serious risk of harm. It is also contrary to the requirements of the law. IMO actions are speaking louder than words, here.

Anonymous said...

Her body's just been found.

Anonymous said...

John Mc Gowan said...

Remains of small child found in search for missing 6-year-old girl

Anonymous said...


Statement Analysis Blog said...


I have updated post.

She was a child of Neglect.


Anonymous said...

I was afraid she had been killed but reading it still was a gut punch. :) Poor mistreated baby girl.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

I agree, Anonymous.

Sometimes it can be depressing at this blog.


Anonymous said...

Jenise Paulette Wright

Her voice will be heard, she is not silenced in death, her spirit too rich, too kind, too loving for the world they claimed her home. The house wasn't her home, her home was nature she was surrounded by, she blessed by her very self.

I give you this one thought to keep. I am with you still - I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the sweet uplifting rush, of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone. I am with you still in each new dawn.
She is not lost, she is found. Rest in the light that carries you little Princess, as yes, Jenise, she will be seen, again, in each new dawn that rises.

who ever hurt her, no mercy, no mercy, none.

Anonymous said...

I live less than 3 miles from where this girl lived. When I realized I'd been hearing helicopters for over an hour I went online and saw the news about remains being found. I hope there's no indication of foul play (besides the very obvious neglect on her parent's part-- it was almost 90 degrees on Sunday, who wouldn't keep an eye on their kid for heat stroke regardless of age?). I can't help but assume the worst though. It breaks my heart. I pray this child gets some semblance of justice because shit like this does not happen in our community.

Statement Analysis Blog said...

The sensitivity we saw from police was their suspicion that she was dead and that the parents were not cooperating as expected.

That she went missing Saturday night and was not reported missing until Sunday night tells us just how neglected she was.

She was six years old.

It is unthinkable that a six year old could be out, for 10 minutes, without supervision.

She was a child of nature? Her house was not her home? That's not a lie! Only because she was not watched by her parents.

S + K Mum said...

Oh no :( Heartbreaking! Poor little girl.
I feel ill yet at the same time I am glad she has been found. Hopefully truth will prevail and justice for Jenise will be seen.
I know there are terrible parents out there but I never fail to be shocked!

Katprint said...

@Anonymous on August 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Who doesn't get breakfast ready for their six year old child to eat when they get up in the morning, or lunch to come in from playing and eat, or dinner (Jenise wasn't reported missing until "late" Sunday night per other news articles)? Apparently these parents weren't bothering to feed their children, nor making sure they were drinking enough fluids to not become dehydrated and staying out of the sun to avoid heatstroke as you point out.

Katprint said...


"When Jenise’s parents hadn’t heard from her by 8:30 p.m. Sunday, they began going door to door in the neighborhood, according to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office statement. When that proved fruitless, they called 911 at 9:55 p.m."

Anonymous said...

Police said Wright's family has been notified that a child's body has been found, and after the scene is processed, the body will be turned over to the Kitsap County Medical Examiner, who will identify the victim and cause of death.

Wright was last seen by her family Saturday night, Aug. 2. After the search was initiated, more than 200 officers from multiple agencies, including the FBI, searched for the 6-year-old around the clock.

Authorities said there was no Amber Alert in this case because there is no indication the girl was abducted. She was last seen in her family’s mobile home at the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park at 1438 N.E. Steel Creek Drive in East Bremerton.

Family members didn’t start looking for her until 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when they knocked on doors of the mobile home park. Police said Wednesday authorities searched all 103 home and all the residents were cooperative.

Jenice’s family called 911 at 9:55 p.m. Sunday. A ground search included police dogs, and investigators also searched with a thermal imaging device. Jenice was added to the FBI National Crime Information Center as a missing.

KIRO 7 found Jenise's father, James Wright, was charged with molestation in 2000 for inappropriately touching a stepdaughter. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault.

But at a Wednesday morning briefing on the case, Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wilson said they were not focusing on the father's criminal past as they continue to speak with and coordinate action with Jenise's parents.

"I can’t emphasize enough how cooperative they have been with law enforcement authorities in the course of the investigation,” said Wilson.

Speaking to KIRO 7’s Graham Johnson on Monday, Aug. 4, Janice’s father said he was upset about his daughter’s disappearance.

He also called her “a spoiled little brat” and “the princess of the household” who “always gets her way most of the time.”

Both Jenice’s mother and father took lie-detector tests, but police would not publicly reveal the results.

Police also worked on contacting sex offenders. They said ones listed as transients are difficult to find.

Neighbors told detectives they spotted Jenice Sunday afternoon out in the mobile home park possibly wearing a pink shirt, jeans and flip flops or bare feet.

Suzanne said...

Something about that last line, "Neighbors told detectives they spotted Jenice Sunday afternoon out in the mobile home park possibly wearing a pink shirt, jeans and flip flops or bare feet" doesn't sit right with me. It reminds me of the neighbors in the Dylan Redwine case and the Hailey Dunn case. They also said they saw Dylan and Hailey after he/she was reported missing. I wonder how close these neighbors are to the Wrights...

John Mc Gowan said...

Police focusing on two crime scenes, says Nancy Grace, who also adds the LE informed them.

They are focusing on the home and a wooded area, directly adjacent to the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

i agree with your last post (above) for a change peter, but stop calling me astute.

Katprint said...

From the Find Jenise Wright facebook page, press conference summary posted on Aug. 5:

"At the end of the PC [press conference], I asked the question "Can you tell us who made the 911 call" - he said he could answer that after - so I talked to him off camera and he said a neighbor made the initial call and then handed the phone to the father."

So apparently it was actually a neighbor, not the parents as previously reported, who called 911.

Anonymous said...

LE their planned search this AM, this hours before she was found, she was found this morning Washington time zone -

Speaking during a news briefing this morning, Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson said investigators will conduct additional canvassing at the 103-home East Bremerton park where the little girl lives.

He said the search will be for a “specific purpose,” but he declined to disclose the reason.

The park was searched earlier as investigators seek clues to the disappearance of Jenise, who was last seen Saturday.

Wilson said extensive ground searches will also be conducted today.

“This is a very slow, methodical process,” he said.

Thus far, investigators have received hundreds of tips and have conducted more than 300 interviews, he said. Wilson urged residents to continue to phone in tips.

Jenise was last seen at about 10 p.m. Saturday, when she went to bed in her home in the mobile home park in unincorporated Kitsap County.

Her parents told sheriff’s deputies they noticed she was gone on Sunday morning, but were not initially alarmed because Jenise often left the house to wander the neighborhood and find playmates, Wilson said.

When she failed to appear by 8:30 p.m. Sunday, however, her parents began going door-to-door looking for her, according to Wilson. Police were called about an hour and a half later.

“She was, literally, a child of the park and everyone knew her. Because she was so friendly, she would have breakfast with some neighbors here and lunch with others over there,” Wilson said Wednesday.

Wilson reiterated this morning that Jenise’s parents have been “extremely cooperative” with investigators.

The step father to call Jenise a spoiled brat, who got her way.

Spoiled how? she wasn't inside, she wasn't of asking, wasn't of needs, as she wasn't IN her parents house. She wasn't fed meals, she wasn't watched, she wasn't of her parentals concern.

She was of no restrictions, no protection, the step dads quips of " missing" Jenise, he to have personal issues with himself? he couldn't have her, not the way he wanted to control her? so he went out and found her? Saturday 10 pm says who? actually saw her? was she alive? she was put to bed ? her body was placed in her bed? that she was removed and dumped in the night?

As the statements of " Step Dad" have red flags all over them.

This why he wasn't alarmed, he to tell mother, awe you know the brat she is outside already.. at what time did he/she wake up Sunday morning ?

That neither bothered to check on her, in her room, as it was not her job to check on them.

trustmeigetit said...

Sad news

BREMERTON — The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said the body of a child found Thursday “appears” to be that of Jenise Wright, the 6-year-old girl who has been missing since Sunday.

The older sister also seems to avoid the personal pronoun. I bet she knows what happened but may be afraid to talk.

So sad people like this can even have kids.

trustmeigetit said...

I wish we had more statements. When parents claim they are media shy that to me is really stress about having to lie on camera.

I think the fact that they never worried about her all day, a young child, is alarming.

If we just had more quotes.

But the story to me sounds quilty. At least of serious neglect.

trustmeigetit said...

Is the "father" her step father or bio dad?

Tania Cadogan said...

off topic

A woman has been sensationally arrested in Florida over the death of her five-year-old son on what would have been his 29th birthday.

Timothy Wiltsey went missing at a carnival at Kennedy Park in New Jersey in May of 1991, sparking a nationwide search.

His partial remains were discovered in April the following year at Raritan Center, an industrial site at Edison, New Jersey.

More than 20 years later, police have arrested his mother Michelle Lodzinski at an address in Jensen Beach, Florida, following a routine review of the cold case.

According to reports at the time, Lodzinski, 47, took her son to a carnival in 1991 and allowed her son to ride on some of the attractions.

At the time, it was reported that he asked for a drink and after she turned her back, he had disappeared.

The carnival was closed down while a frantic search took place, but he could not be found.

In the days that followed his desperate relatives and family friends organised several searches in the South Amboy area.

As the appeal for information intensified, thousands of rail workers were handed flyers while his face was shown on big screens at major sporting fixtures.

But police became suspicious after no one at the carnival saw a youngster matching Timothy's description.

More than two decades later, a grand jury in Middlesex County has indicted her on a first-degree murder charge.

Lodzinski was arrested Wednesday evening around 6 p.m in Jensen Beach, Florida after leaving work at the law firm, according to Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, a Port St. Lucie police spokesman.

Lodzinski was in her car and headed over to her sister's house in Jensen Beach when she was pulled over and detained. 'She was arrested without incident,' Sabol said. 'She didn't put up a struggle.'

A New Jersey prosecutor said in a statement that the new information that led to her arrest arose out of a cold case review of the boy's unsolved 1991 disappearance.

'Following a routine, cold case review of the evidence and facts surrounding the disappearance and murder of Timothy Wiltsey, a new investigation was conducted and the matter was presented to the grand jury,' Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a statement released Thursday.

The grand jury charged that Lodzinski “did purposely or knowingly kill Timothy Wiltsey, or did purposely or knowingly inflict serious bodily injury upon Timothy Wiltsey, resulting in his death…,' according to Carey.

Sabol said that Port St. Lucie police have been assisting New Jersey prosecutors on the case since at least 2012 - sitting in on witness interviews, executing search warrants and navigating the local court system, but declined to divulge further details.

Lodzinski, who lives with two other sons, 12 and 16, in Port St. Lucie, 'hadn't been on our radar until a couple years ago, when we were contacted by New Jersey [prosecutors],' Sabol said.

'I checked our [St. Lucie County] jail records and we are not coming up with anything for her in this county,' he said.

Tania Cadogan said...

Her bail was set at $2million though and it is not yet clear whether she will waive an extradition hearing and return to New Jersey.

Fellow employees at a civil litigation firm where Lodzinski works were 'stunned' to learn of her arrest.

'Everybody here was certainly surprised, stunned and saddened,' said an employee of GARY, WILLIAMS, PARENTI, WATSON & GARY, P.L, who requested anonymity in return for speaking freely.

'The shocking thing is that her two sons are just these amazing, lovely children. She was a proud, doting mom to them,' the source said, adding that the two boys had occasionally visited their mother at work. 'Who would have ever known...' the source said, before going silent for a moment. 'Unbelievable.'

The firm handles civil litigation, including medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases.

'We had no knowledge of any of this,' the source told MailOnline on Thursday morning. 'She came to work every day, but we had really no knowledge of any other - certainly of this particular incident - but in any other incidents that she was involved in.'

The colleague said Lodzinski never made mention of her missing son, or her 1995 guilty plea after claiming the previous year that she herself was abducted by FBI agents.

Lodzinski also pled guilty in 1998 to stealing a former employer's computer.

'She does have two kids, I know, in Port St. Lucie,' the colleague said, but Lodzinski divulged very little at work about her personal life.

Kori Searcy, spokeswoman for the law firm, said Lodzinski has long been a member of the Stuart, Florida legal community, and has worked for at least three other area law firms since the mid-1990s.

Retired New Jersey judge Alan A. Rockoff, who was Middlesex County Prosecutor in 1991, said the disappearance was a heartbreaking unsolved case that has been 'bugging' him for years.

'It’s gratifying to know that you’re suspicions were warranted in cases like this,' he said on Thursday. 'You grow a tough skin in law enforcement work, and I’ve been doing it for a lot of years, not only as prosecutor but a criminal judge.

'But when you have a young child with a face like Timmy Wiltsey,' he said, sighing deeply, 'you can never forget it.'

Rockoff said that despite suspicions, investigators could not nail down sufficient evidence for an arrest back in 1991.

'There were several factors that more than satisfied us that we were looking at the right suspect,' Rockoff said. 'Her inconsistencies [in her story], some of the actual observations that were made [by investigators], some of her associations and the fact that some of the associates wouldn’t talk to us – all made us confident we were moving in the right direction.'

'Acknowledging the presumption of innocence and the state’s burden to prove beyond reasonable doubt, it’s a step in the right direction. I’m pleased that this case wasn’t put in a back shelf to gather dust.'

He declined to speculate on what evidence may have prompted Lodzinski’s arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-2957 or leave an email at

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Randie said...

He "berates" the victim.

He did this terrible thing....

Anonymous said...

NG is ON covering Jenise Wright's case on HLN 8pm Est.

Anonymous said...

James Wright is Step Father of the daughters, he and mother married in 1997, from Washington State public records.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the 4:30 PST live press conference announcing the discovery of Janise's body.

Apparently the body was found in thick woods near the mobile home park.

The body was located by a team including a S&R canine & handler.

Apparently this same area had already been searched at least once, and this was a follow-up search (if I heard the reporter's question of LE correctly).

If so -- I'm left asking:

1) was the body moved to the site after the previous search?

Or 2) was the body hidden in a way that kept the previous searchers from finding it (i.e. buried, sealed in something hidden in the brush, etc.) ?

Anonymous said...


news released that the remains found in florida were wrapped in homemade disney sheet.

but body still totally unitentifiable.

anybody have gut feeling on it?

I guess to me it kinda does sound like something the moorers would do, all this time i've been thinking they are not smart enough to hide a body this well. but maybe they hid the body really badly…

I guess it's still super inconclusive

Anonymous said...

The two kids removed, 8 yr old male, 12 yr old female, maybe James Wright is bio dad to the youngest including Jenise ?

The 12 yr old sister removed, I wonder is she who Jenise shared a bedroom with?

James Wright “It’s just completely unclear, just a bad day gone wrong.”

what is it?

Aug 5, 2014 press

When her family realized they hadn’t heard from Jenise around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night, Jenise’s father James Wright started knocking on his neighbors’ doors, KIRO-TV reports.

The residents joined in on the search when they heard the dad calling out for his daughter in the night. It wasn’t until 9:55 p.m. Sunday that the parents finally phoned 911.

James told cops he assumed that his daughter had gone out — she’d done it before. Her parents believed the area was relatively safe and neighbors often kept their doors unlocked.

In the past, James said his daughter would check in with her parents every few hours when she went out. The little girl was apparently a “social butterfly” who was both “independent” and “tenacious,” KOMO-TV reports.

“My mind is still spinning,” James told NBC. “It’s just completely unclear, just a bad day gone wrong.”

Wright was allowed to wander through her fenced-in community—and was often spotted walking outside at all hours of the day.

“It’s pretty hard to take,” Jenise’s uncle Herman Almojera told NBC. “I would not let my child roam that freely.”

The first grader was last seen by her parents after dinner Saturday night.

Jenise reportedly went to sleep in the bedroom she shared with her sister.

But she wasn’t there when her parents checked in on her Sunday morning.

Where was sister? she was or wasn't home Saturday night? the two girls sharing their room, she removed for her protection?

On Nancy Grace, authorities are in haz mat suits combing the inside of the family home.

Authorities combing inside and surroundings of the home, for evidence, seen via helicopter (local news) monitoring the mobile park area. So sad.

Anonymous said...

Additionally, from the 4:30 PST press conference:

Kitsap LE stated "This is going to be a criminal investigation, there's no doubt about that," and said with confidence that this was not a situation where the child wandered off and met with an accidental death.

Anonymous said...

trustmeigetit said...

Is the "father" her step father or bio dad?

I thought he was the biological

Anonymous said...

Obvious neglect!

Hopefully, someone other than her neglectful parents killed her.

They are at fault for consistently letting her roam freely by herself-regardless.

Amaleen6 said...

The so-called parents took polygraphs days ago, but the police haven't released the results. If they passed, wouldn't the police have said so? Wouldn't the parents themselves have said so?

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Anonymous said...

she didnt just throw herself on top of some bushes.....
really? maybe she fell out of a tree?

Kellie said...


Anon August 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM
said - anybody have gut feeling on it?

It's intriguing that the remains were found wrapped in a homemade disney sheet. But my first thought is, has she been missing long enough for the body to become completely skeletonized and unidentifiable?

Katprint said...

@Kellie -- OT re Heather Elvis


"Prepared on Tuesday, July 29, the preliminary report from the Volusia County (Fla.) Medical Examiner's Office lists new information about the state the remains were in when they were found.

According to the report, the remains were wrapped in a pink bathrobe, curtains and a homemade Mickey Mouse print bed sheet.
On March 20, a bystander discovered the remains along a road just outside of DeLand, Fla., which is about 40 miles north of Orlando and 58 miles from Walt Disney World.

According to the report, the remains belong to an adult of unknown age. The report is also unsure of the race, ethnicity and gender of the victim.

Body conditions were classified in the report as "not recognizable" and as a "near complete or complete skeleton."

The person's weight and height could not be estimated, nor did the report state when the victim had died.

Fingerprint information was not available and there were no other distinctive body features found, the report continued.

According to police and medical records, the remains were found on Oak Street near International Boulevard in the DeLand area.

The sheriff's office report says the remains were in a garbage bag. Upon moving the bag, the bystander discovered what appeared to be human remains, the report said."

December 18 to March 20 is 3 months, which is plenty of time for a body exposed to the elements in a warm environment like Florida to be reduced to skeletal or near skeletal remains.

Katprint said...

OT re Heather Elvis


Published on March 20, 2014:

"Volusia County sheriff's deputies are investigating skeletal remains that were found by a resident walking along Oak Street near International Speedway Boulevard.

John Jarvis said he found the garbage bag containing the remains around noon Thursday while he was collecting garbage along the shoulder of the roadway.

"It was a black plastic garbage bag," Jarvis said. "It had been eaten away by the sun or the elements."

Thinking it was garbage someone had dumped, Jarvis said he tried to load the bag into a garbage can to haul away when it sheared open and something fell out.

"I used my hand and pushed on it to see what it was," said Jarvis. "It came out of the bag and laid on its side, and then I realized it was a skull."

Although investigators are not saying anything about who the remains may be, Jarvis said a deputy told him it appeared to be a young girl."

Kellie said...

Katprint said - December 18 to March 20 is 3 months, which is plenty of time for a body exposed to the elements in a warm environment like Florida to be reduced to skeletal or near skeletal remains.

Thanks Katprint. You've answered my question about the time frame for decomposition.

I believe the remains that were found in the garbage bag are a separate incident and have been ruled out.

Elsie said...

"It is unthinkable that a six year old could be out, for 10 minutes, without supervision"

Is this common in USA?
I am Scandinavian, and we let our children out alone at the age of five, some even at the age of three.

I am an over protective mother (by Scandinavian standards), and I think that six year olds are capable to play outside alone.

Only in the garden, and nearby playgrounds, and no cars or streets.

You wont find many children who are walked to school (school start at six year) by an adult here, they walk together with friends. Again, no streets or cars.

The last abduction and murder of a child in Norway was in 2000, and before that, it was one in 1987 and one 1981. The two former (Therese Johannessen aged nine and Marianne Rugaas Knutsen aged six) has never been found.

All that being said, leaving a six year old out alone like in this case of Janise, is child neglect.

Anonymous said...

Why does the father mention "THE OLDER ONES?"

"and she gets her way most times than the others and the older ones can’t stand it," said the girl's father, Jim Wright.

Am I correct in saying all the kids were older than Jenice?

trustmeigetit said...

Janice has 2 adult sisters as well. I saw the article last night but can not find it today. But here is a quote by one of them. Link is right after the quote.

Melanie Davis, an older sister of Jenise, said, “It’s really tough … to be put in a situation like … to have something like this happen to our family. It’s heartbreaking. You are trying to hope for the best and pray for the best that she makes it home safe and that she comes home to us.

Then on Heather Elvis, if this is her body, I think the Disney blanket being wrapped around here sure does make me think of Tammy… Being that shes such a big Disney fan.

Yes, it does not for sure link them, but I would bet there is DNA on that blanket that could be linked to the Moorers.

I would love to see a case finally get solved. I am tired of watching these cases just go cold and people get away with murder.

GeekRad said...

More parents of the year. Seriously, they didn't worry about her until almost 24 hours after they had last seen her? And your child is missing and you call her a spoiled brat? Even if she was "a child of the park" that is sad commentary on that little girl's life. The older sister dropping pronouns is concerning as well.

As for the body found that may be Heather Elvis, how does a body get found on March 30 and we are only hearing about it now when ther has been so media attention of Heather's case? There must be one heck of a gag order on that case.

jo said...

"This is going to be a criminal investigation, there's no doubt about that," Wilson told a news briefing Thursday. Authorities are trying to track down anyone responsible, and they're "not ruling out anything," he said.

Determination of the manner and cause of death is pending, Wilson said, but "we suspect that she just did not go off by herself and fall into some bushes and die."

Anonymous said...

LE asking people to report anyone in recent days who have mud on them. Covered in mud or disposing of mud-covered clothing.

Rachael said...

It's pretty telling that this neighbor only mentions the pain of the searchers, and not Jenises family.

"I have grandchildren that age, “said Johnson, “I can’t imagine the pain the people who searched for this child are having. All the hope they had for four days thinking they would find some little child alive somewhere.”

BostonLady said...

As soon as I heard the step father say that "she" was very independent, I knew something wasn't right. He didn't call her by name, Jenice, and a 6 year old is independent to not be seen after 10pm the night before she was reported missing? Is independent enough to not be home for breakfast, lunch or dinner? No. This is not normal and not expected. Along with that, learning that the step father's background is one of molesting younger girls, I didn't feel that Jenice was gone because of a stranger.

I hope I'm wrong.

Anonymous said...

They found her yesterday in the woods- sadly she's gone to heaven..:( RIP

Anonymous said...

there's still something wrong with the father. why would he let this teenage boy spend the night at his house, especially when he himself is a molester.....i don't think he was mentoring this boy i think he was grooming him. or molesting him.