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 9/18/20 – An Amber Alert has been issued. 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 van and drove off.
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.