AMBER Alert DULCE ALAVEZ: Missing from Bridgeton, NJ - 16 Sept 2019 - Age 5

New searches planned for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, missing now for over 4 months

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Family and supporters will gather over the next two weekends to continue searching for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who was reported missing more than four months ago.

Dulce was visiting Bridgeton City Park on a family outing Sept. 16 when she disappeared without a trace.

Bridgeton Police, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI are working to locate the girl. A reward currently stands at $75,000.


Investigators say the search for Dulce remains a top priority.

Police issued an Amber Alert for a man reportedly seen ushering the girl into a van at the park on the day she disappeared, but authorities later said they just wanted to speak with the person described in the notice.

In October, police released a sketch of a man seen at the park with young children around the time Dulce disappeared. Authorities did not describe him as a suspect, but someone they wished to interview.


 
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Both photos shown are of Dulce. She was last seen on September 16, 2019 at the Bridgeton City Park behind Bridgeton High School at approximately 4:20 p.m. Dulce may be in the company of a light skinned, possibly Hispanic male who is 5'6" to 5'8" tall, thin build, no facial hair, but has acne on his face. He was seen wearing orange sneakers possibly Nike, red pants, and a black shirt. Dulce may have entered an unknown vehicle. She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with an elephant on the front, black and white pants, and white sandals.

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Where Is Dulce María Alavez, Little Girl Who Vanished 5 Months Ago?

The mystery surrounding Dulce María Alavez has gripped South Jersey for months since she disappeared at a park in front of her little brother, and with her mother nearby.

Hundreds of leads and tips have turned up very few hints for the police and the public about the whereabouts of the five-year-old from Bridgeton in Cumberland County.




Memorial for Dulce Alavez Can’t Stay at Ballpark Any Longer

The memorial against backstop fence that has been filled with posters and pictures of Dulce Alavez since her disappearance five months ago will need to be moved as baseball season nears.

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Search for missing 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez extends to Ohio, police say

Authorities in Ohio searched the woods near a casino Friday and Saturday after receiving a tip regarding Dulce Maria Alavez, the missing 5-year-old girl from Bridgeton.

The search occurred near the Hollywood Gaming casino and horse race track in Austintown, Ohio, police Sgt. Richard John told NJ Advance Media on Sunday. Austintown is approximately 70 miles south-east of Cleveland.

Police searched the area with K-9s but did not find anything, John said. He said he did not know if they would resume the search on Monday.

The search, John said, occurred after the public library and the Hollywood casino received letters that Dulce could possibly be in that area. The sergeant did not have any additional information about the contents of the letters. He said an investigation was ongoing to determine if the letters were mailed or dropped off.

Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari confirmed on Sunday that he received information about the search in Ohio.

“There’s no reliability to the tip at this point," he said. “There’s no information in the investigation that would lead us to Ohio.”
 

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New Jersey 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez has been missing for 6 months

Monday marks six months since a 5-year-old girl vanished from a New Jersey park.

Police have not identified any suspects in the case. A request for comment from the Bridgeton Police Department was not immediately returned on Sunday.


Bridgeton Police have pursued several leads as well as unsubstantiated tips in the case, including one that led investigators to Austintown, Ohio. Law enforcement conducted a search in the town but nothing was found, according to Chief Michael Gaimari.

"The department has received erroneous information from less-than-credible sources during the course of this investigation that has resulted in manpower being redirected in their efforts," Gaimari wrote in a Facebook post on March 1. "This type of activity hinders investigator’s efforts in locating Dulce and determining the circumstances surrounding her disappearance."

Those with information that could assist in the investigation are still urged to contact the Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033 or utilize the department’s anonymous TIP411 text line, subtext “Bridgeton.”
 

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From Thursday...


Today Marks 7 Months Since Disappearance Of 5-Year-Old Dulce Maria Alavez In Bridgeton

Today marks seven months since the disappearance of Dulce Maria Alavez. The 5-year-old went missing from a park in Bridgeton in September.

Multiple searches have turned up now clues but the Cumberland County prosecutor says they continue to actively pursue tips.

Police believe Dulce was kidnapped by a man while she was playing with her brother in the park.
 

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Missing girl Dulce Alavez’s birthday to be celebrated with Zoom ‘party’

Dulce Alavez’s 6th birthday is Saturday, and a celebration for the missing girl is scheduled using the Zoom app.

Rodriguez said the birthday party starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The party is open to the public but attendees must message Rodriguez on her Facebook page.

"We will have a prayer for her and sing happy birthday and blow out candles. We're hoping everyone can have a cupcake or a slice a cake or a candle in her name," Rodriguez told New Jersey 101.5



Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said the investigation is still actively under investigation despite the COVID-19 pandemic closing her office's physical location.

"We continue to receive tips from the public. Every piece of information we receive is investigated as it may be the one piece of the puzzle we need to determine who is responsible for the disappearance of Dulce," Webb-McRae said in a statement on the office's Facebook page.

Jackie Rodriguez, a friend acting as the family's spokesperson, said the family has not heard anything new about the investigaton from law enforcement.
 

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Missing girl Dulce Alavez’s birthday to be celebrated with Zoom ‘party’

Dulce Alavez’s 6th birthday is Saturday, and a celebration for the missing girl is scheduled using the Zoom app.

Rodriguez said the birthday party starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The party is open to the public but attendees must message Rodriguez on her Facebook page.

"We will have a prayer for her and sing happy birthday and blow out candles. We're hoping everyone can have a cupcake or a slice a cake or a candle in her name," Rodriguez told New Jersey 101.5



Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said the investigation is still actively under investigation despite the COVID-19 pandemic closing her office's physical location.

"We continue to receive tips from the public. Every piece of information we receive is investigated as it may be the one piece of the puzzle we need to determine who is responsible for the disappearance of Dulce," Webb-McRae said in a statement on the office's Facebook page.

Jackie Rodriguez, a friend acting as the family's spokesperson, said the family has not heard anything new about the investigaton from law enforcement.

I sure hope they are doing more than waiting for tips. I am sure they probably are but it's sadly pretty silent.
 

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This podcast was in late March but Dulce is not getting much attention and this podcaster really takes a good look at things. Just over a 1/2 hour long. She is doing probably the best coverage on the Vallow case right now too.

Thanks! I'll check that out! 😀
 

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Thanks! I'll check that out! 😀
I actually am still watching it myself. It is a good recap. One thing that stands out so far is that there is one video LE/FBI shared that basically no news station covered, of what they believe to be the actual vehicle! At least this podcaster could find only one. I had forgotten about the mother's boyfriend being detained by ICE and how they were concerned people would not come forward with tips if they were illegals.

Even though this case has gone quiet, I think of Dulce quite often. It was good for me to refresh myself on some of the facts, not that it helps anything. I hope there is much work being done behind the scenes because it seems as if she has been forgotten about but I always worry that is the case when things are quiet and quite often some time later here comes an arrest. I hope that turns out to the be the case here and of course, that she is found, the most important thing.
 

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This podcast was in late March but Dulce is not getting much attention and this podcaster really takes a good look at things. Just over a 1/2 hour long. She is doing probably the best coverage on the Vallow case right now too.


I think I'm gonna watch this tonight. Thanks for posting.



Missing girl Dulce Alavez not forgotten, even amid pandemic | Opinion

At least since early March, which feels like a lifetime ago, it seems like all of our time and attention has been focused in one way or another on the COVD-19 pandemic. How could we think about anything else? This public health crisis and its many impacts can easily crowd out any other thoughts because it touches every corner of our lives.

I thought about this on multiple occasions walking through Bridgeton’s City Park, which is unusually quiet these days because of the pandemic and the need for social distancing. Taking my laps through the park, I think about Dulce Maria Alavez every day when passing by the playground where this little girl was last seen. I stop at a nearby tree — what I think of as a tree of hope — that is the site for many mementos placed there in honor of Dulce.

She disappeared, presumably kidnapped last Sept. 16, and her 6th birthday was last weekend.

I’m glad that the tree is there, and I’m glad it reminds me. I believe this even though I have mixed emotions about those roadside memorials that dot the landscape. Whether on a side street, a more heavily traveled road or a freeway like Route 55, it is not uncommon to see photos, crosses, flowers, teddy bears or any other number of tokens that were put there by the grieving family and friends of someone who died.

My emotions are mixed because one knows a tragedy happened at each site. Somebody, somewhere, lost someone they loved, whether through an accident, an act of violence, an act of folly or an act of God. One also knows that as time passes, the memories begin to fade, as do the tokens, beaten down by the elements, the dirt and grime from passing vehicles, and too many seasons gone by.

But, as far as Dulce is concerned, I remain confident and hopeful of better things to come. The reason is that Dulce has not been forgotten, nor has she become less of a priority because the world’s attention has been focused on COVID-19. I can say that her disappearance remains the focus of an active, ongoing investigation.
 

GrandmaBear

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I think I'm gonna watch this tonight. Thanks for posting.



Missing girl Dulce Alavez not forgotten, even amid pandemic | Opinion

At least since early March, which feels like a lifetime ago, it seems like all of our time and attention has been focused in one way or another on the COVD-19 pandemic. How could we think about anything else? This public health crisis and its many impacts can easily crowd out any other thoughts because it touches every corner of our lives.

I thought about this on multiple occasions walking through Bridgeton’s City Park, which is unusually quiet these days because of the pandemic and the need for social distancing. Taking my laps through the park, I think about Dulce Maria Alavez every day when passing by the playground where this little girl was last seen. I stop at a nearby tree — what I think of as a tree of hope — that is the site for many mementos placed there in honor of Dulce.

She disappeared, presumably kidnapped last Sept. 16, and her 6th birthday was last weekend.

I’m glad that the tree is there, and I’m glad it reminds me. I believe this even though I have mixed emotions about those roadside memorials that dot the landscape. Whether on a side street, a more heavily traveled road or a freeway like Route 55, it is not uncommon to see photos, crosses, flowers, teddy bears or any other number of tokens that were put there by the grieving family and friends of someone who died.

My emotions are mixed because one knows a tragedy happened at each site. Somebody, somewhere, lost someone they loved, whether through an accident, an act of violence, an act of folly or an act of God. One also knows that as time passes, the memories begin to fade, as do the tokens, beaten down by the elements, the dirt and grime from passing vehicles, and too many seasons gone by.

But, as far as Dulce is concerned, I remain confident and hopeful of better things to come. The reason is that Dulce has not been forgotten, nor has she become less of a priority because the world’s attention has been focused on COVID-19. I can say that her disappearance remains the focus of an active, ongoing investigation.

Reading that last sentence is encouraging! Thanks for sharing.
 

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Search Continues for Dulce María Alavez 10 Months Later

Thursday marked exactly 10 months since the disappearance of 5-year-old Dulce María Alavez at a park in Bridgeton, New Jersey. NBC10’s Cydney Long has the latest on the continued search for the girl.
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Receiving tips, but still in "dire need" of more tips. Still very optimistic that she's alive.
 

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NJ 5-year-old missing for nearly 1 year likely abducted in crime of opportunity: Report

A 5-year-old New Jersey girl who has been missing for nearly a year after she disappeared from a park while her mother was distracted was likely the victim in a crime of opportunity, according to a report published Sunday.

A lead investigator in the FBI’s case told NJ Advance Media they believe Dulce Maria Alavez was likely abducted from the park in Bridgeton, Cumberland County. However, she may not have been targeted prior to arriving at the park on Sept. 16, 2019.

“If you are looking for a child, to take the child, you go where children are,” FBI special agent Daniel Garrabrant told NJ.com. “That’s one of the reasons that we believe that the target was a child, but it may not necessarily have been Dulce.”

Garrabrant said there are other cases where abductors purposely go to places where children are out in the open and then wait for an opportunity.

“In this case, it was broad daylight, mom being distracted for a short period of time and Dulce and her brother being far enough away, that the offender felt like it was an opportunity for him to take Dulce and leave with her and that’s what he did,” Garrabrant said.

Investigators believe the girl may have been taken by a man who led her to a red van.


Police have not identified any suspects in the case.

Bridgeton Police have pursued several leads as well as unsubstantiated tips in the case, including one that led investigators to Austintown, Ohio. Law enforcement conducted a search in the town but nothing was found, according to Chief Michael Gaimari.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to finding Dulce.
 

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NJ 5-year-old missing for nearly 1 year likely abducted in crime of opportunity: Report

A 5-year-old New Jersey girl who has been missing for nearly a year after she disappeared from a park while her mother was distracted was likely the victim in a crime of opportunity, according to a report published Sunday.

A lead investigator in the FBI’s case told NJ Advance Media they believe Dulce Maria Alavez was likely abducted from the park in Bridgeton, Cumberland County. However, she may not have been targeted prior to arriving at the park on Sept. 16, 2019.

“If you are looking for a child, to take the child, you go where children are,” FBI special agent Daniel Garrabrant told NJ.com. “That’s one of the reasons that we believe that the target was a child, but it may not necessarily have been Dulce.”

Garrabrant said there are other cases where abductors purposely go to places where children are out in the open and then wait for an opportunity.

“In this case, it was broad daylight, mom being distracted for a short period of time and Dulce and her brother being far enough away, that the offender felt like it was an opportunity for him to take Dulce and leave with her and that’s what he did,” Garrabrant said.

Investigators believe the girl may have been taken by a man who led her to a red van.


Police have not identified any suspects in the case.

Bridgeton Police have pursued several leads as well as unsubstantiated tips in the case, including one that led investigators to Austintown, Ohio. Law enforcement conducted a search in the town but nothing was found, according to Chief Michael Gaimari.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to finding Dulce.

I can hardly believe this has been almost a year this poor child has been missing. :( Heartbreaking when it went silent with no seeming leads
 

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