U)DATE 8/24/20 –
“If you are looking for a child to take the child, you go where children are,” said FBI special agent Daniel Garrabrant. “That’s one of the reasons that we believe that the target was a child, but it may not necessarily have been Dulce. We’ve had cases like this across the country where offenders go to places where children are and they would have access to children and they wait for the 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.
“The person’s intent might not have been to take a kid,” according to Garrabrant, an East Coast leader for the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team. “It could have been maybe to watch children because that’s what they liked, and the opportunity presented itself and they did what they did.”
The reward for information on Dulce Alavez is at $75,000.
UPDATE 3/5/20 – A strange set of letters asking the police to search a location for Dulce Alavez have been showing up lately. Are these letters, clues to Dulce’s whereabouts, or from a well-meaning person that is guessing where she might be? The anonymously letters have shown up at an ice cream shop, a Racetrack and the family’s home.
The ice cream shop owner found a handwritten index card on Monday in the business mailbox. She wasn’t sure how long it had been there as the shop had been closed for the season, but it was under some mail from around late Feb. She took the card to the police. The return address on the index card can’t be read, but the zip code comes from Culiacan, Mexico. The police do not know if that is where the card came from or not.
An index card was sent to the Mahoning Valley Race Course casino/racetrack in Austintown, Ohio. An index card addressed to “Manager Hollywood Gaming” The letter stated a search was needed in the wooded area in Austintown to find Dulce. The police did a search but nothing was found. The police stated the card was hard to read, but did say it read “Look for Dulce Alavez age five kidnap from Bridgeton, NJ.” It also stated “look website for story/photos Dr. Phil.” According to NJ.com, it also said, “76 truck stop dead end St. entrance woods, Please look.” The police confirmed that the card had been mailed. The letter to the library had a Cleveland postmark.
The letter mailed to the family’s home showed up on Wednesday afternoon with a Cleveland, Ohio postmark. Jackie Rodriguez, who has been acting as a spokeswoman for Dulce’s family, said the envelope contained seven slips of paper filled with scribbled phrases – but nothing specific about Dulce.
She could make out words in the barely legible writing, including “Alaska,” “Mexico,” “border,” “1776” and “civil war.” Other words include “New England town” and “kids homes orphanage.”
The police stated the handwriting appears to be the same for all three items.
UPDATE 12/14/19 – In December social media was active with a post that someone took at a flea market. It showed the photo of a young girl standing next to a man at a flea market in New Jersey. The posters states that the little girl was Dulce. She stated that the police came to the flea market and said it was Dulce. But, there has been no media releases, nothing from Dulce’s mom or anything official. It was later found out that the whole thing was untrue and the photo was NOT Dulce, in fact, nothing the woman posted had truly happened. There was no police called, nothing.
UPDATE 11/21/19 – Dulce’s mother, Noema Alavez Perez, and family spokesperson Jackie Rodriguez traveled to New York City earlier this month for an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, Rodriguez said. More details about the episode will be announced closer to its Friday, Dec. 6, air date, according to a Dr. Phil representative.
After the show, Dr. Phil stated, “I’ve worked, sadly, with a lot of parents of children that have been abducted,” Dr. Phil said. “I have never worked with a mother that has been as emotionally flat about a missing child as Noema.”
Perez stated she had to take a polygraph test, during which officials asked her if she set up her daughter’s kidnapping or if she sold her daughter. She said she did neither, but never received the results of the test, according to Press of the Atlantic City.
UPDATE 10/16/19 – The Cumberland County Presecutor’s Office has released a sketch of a person they would like to talk to. The release states:
“Today we are releasing a composite sketch of an individual who has been reported to have been seen in the park around the time Dulce went missing. This individual has been reported to have been with one or two children under the age of five (5) years old. This person was reported to have been wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball style hat. The man is reported to be a Hispanic male, approximately 5’7”, slender build, age 30-35 years.
This composite sketch was developed after a witness who recently came forward was able to provide a description. This sketch is NOT from the child witness of tender years who gave authorities an initial description which led to the Amber Alert of 9/17/19. We are asking this person (or anyone who may recognize him) to come forward as investigators wish to speak with him as it is believed that he may have information that is helpful in determining the circumstances that led to Dulce’s disappearance.
Anyone who can identify this individual or who has information about the case is asked to contact Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033. The public is reminded that authorities will not question any witness about their immigration status. Information may be supplied anonymously by texting TIP411 subtext Bridgeton.”
UPDATE 9/18/19 – An Amber Alert was issued on September 18, 2020. Authorities said they have reports the girl was taken by a light-skinned, possibly Hispanic male, roughly 5-foot 6-inches tall. He was believed to be wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt at the time of the incident, per authorities. Authorities believe a man lured the little girl into a red van with a sliding door and drove off. But it wasn’t until October 11, before the police released a sketch of the man.
Original Post: Dulce Maria Alavez, 5, went missing from the Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey around 5 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019.
Her mother, Noema Alavez, and an 8-year-old relative watched from the car as Dulce Maria and her 3-year-old brother ran together to the playground, each with an ice cream.
According to ABC 6, “Dulce’s mother, Noema Alavez, reported to police that Dulce was playing on the swings with her younger 3-year-old brother approximately 30 yards away while she remained in her car with an 8-year-old relative.”
The mother saw the 3-year-old boy upset and crying and his ice cream was on the ground. When asked where Dulce Maria was he pointed behind some buildings.
Dulce Maria could not be found and Noema called the police around 4:50 p.m.
The police looked all night but Dulce was not found.
Alavez is described as standing 3-feet 5-inches, and was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black and white checkered pants with a flower design, and white sandals. She has dark-colored hair that was last styled in a ponytail, police said.
If you see her please call the police at 856-451-0033.