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#AmberAlert DULCE MARIA ALAVEZ: Missing from Bridgeton, NJ - 16 Sept 2019 - Age 5

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Amber Alert issued for New Jersey girl, 5; witnesses say man led her into red van

    TIPS: 856-451-0033, text TIP411, or call 1-800-CALL-FBI


    Police in New Jersey have issued an Amber Alert for a 5-year-old girl who was last seen at a playground Monday afternoon after new information revealed she was led off into a red van by an unidentified man.

    State police issued an Amber Alert early Wednesday morning for Dulce Maria Alavez, from Bridgeton City, who disappeared from a local playground.

    According to police, Dulce was playing in the Bridgeton City Park playground at around 4:20 p.m. when an unidentified man was seen “leading” her into a red van with a sliding door and tinted windows.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5’6” to 5’8’ with a thin build and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt.

    More than 50 officers and several agencies scoured the 1,000 acre park on Tuesday in search of Dulce after investigators initially believed it was not an abduction case, NJ.comreported.

    Police Chief Michael Gaimari told the outlet that Dulce was at the park with her mother Noema Alavez, her 3-year-old brother and an 8-year-old relative when she and her brother ran off to go play while her mother and the relative stayed in their vehicle.

    After about 10 minutes, the youngest child ran back to the car crying and pointing to where his sister was last seen.

    Police interviewed several witnesses that were playing basketball near where the abduction was said to have taken place and described the man police eventually identified in Wednesday’s Amber Alert.



    TIPS: 856-451-0033, text TIP411, or call 1-800-CALL-FBI

    Media - https://crimewatchers.net/forum/ind...n-city-nj-was-kidnapped-on-sept-16-2019.4688/
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2019
  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    N.J. Amber Alert update: Mom pleads for abducted 5-year-old girl’s safe return as search resumes

    As the search resumed early Wednesday for a 5-year-old girl authorities now believe was abducted from a New Jersey park on Monday, triggering a statewide Amber Alert, the girl’s mom issued a plea for the safe return of Dulce Maria Alavez.

    Noema Alavez said Wednesday that police have suggested that a family member played a role in Dulce’s disappearance from a Bridgeton park as she played with a sibling, but she knows that’s not the case.

    “The police think our family did this,” she told NJ Advance Media. “They think I did something to her. I didn’t. I love my daughter. I would never do nothing bad to her."

    Alavez just wants the kidnapper "to return her back and stop making her family suffer so much,” she said.

    The missing child case turned into a possible abduction on Tuesday night after Bridgeton police said they interviewed and re-interviewed witnesses who were at City Park around 4:20 p.m. Monday when Dulce disappeared.

    According to the Amber Alert issued by New Jersey State Police, the man who took the girl is described as a light-skinned, possibly Hispanic, male, roughly 5-foot-6-inches tall. He has a thin build, no facial hair and facial acne. He was wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt.

    He led Dulce from a playground to a red van with a sliding side door and tinted windows and then drove away, the alert says. The alert has been shared thousands of times on social media.

    Dulce is approximately 3 feet tall with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with a picture of an elephant, black and white pants and white shoes.

    Investigators spent the day Tuesday at the 1,000-acre Bridgeton park trying to find the girl, first by conducting an extensive ground search that began at 7 a.m., according to city Police Chief Michael Gaimari. More than 50 officers from various agencies in Cumberland County as well as Bridgeton firefighters and K9 units from across New Jersey took part.

    The State Police also deployed a helicopter over the park and had help from the FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment unit.

    Water rescue and search teams from the city’s fire department and nearby Downe Township also took part in the search. Crews eventually drained a waterway known as a “raceway," which once carried water from Sunset Lake to power local industries. That search turned up nothing, police confirmed.


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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Tweeted! :praying: Oh how I hope and pray someone sees that van and calls LE!
  4. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    AMBER ALERT NJ: Police looking into social media postings in search for missing New Jersey girl\

    As the investigation continues, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. Who did this? Why? Most importantly, where is Dulce?

    From the start, the community has come out in full-force, compelled to do what they could to find the 5-year-old girl who vanished from the Bridgeton City Park Monday afternoon.

    But with new developments come more questions. If Dulce was kidnapped by a man in a red van, Why?

    Nayiber Alavez is Dulce's aunt, "Who could it be? It could be anyone a family member. We don't even know who took her. The only thing we're asking is for her to come back home safely," she said.

    There are plenty of rumors swirling around in social media, many of which have gotten back to the little girl's pained family.

    Nayiber Alavez says the family is not only struggling to stay strong while they search, she feels the need to defend her sister, Dulce's mom.

    "There's things going on social saying that she had something to do with it. I think they're not cops, to say things like that. They can't judge other people," said Alavez.

    Police say they've been in constant contact with Dulce's mother, Noema, and will conduct follow up interviews with more family members.

    Investigators are also reading those online posts, and searching through electronic evidence as well.

    "Everything plays a role. Every comment is investigated," said Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari.


  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Amber Alert for Dulce Alavez: Search for abducted 5-year-old N.J. girl enters 4th day, cops say

    The search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez who authorities say was abducted from a park in Bridgeton on Monday afternoon enters its fourth day Thursday as local authorities, New Jersey State Police and the FBI continue to investigate leads on the possible suspect and van believed involved in her disappearance.

    Police from multiple agencies spent Monday evening, Tuesday and Wednesday intensively searching for the girl by air, on land and in a nearby waterway, but didn’t turn up any additional clues. They also combed nearby neighborhoods and questioned family members. The girl’s father is is believed to be in Mexico, officials said.

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Missing 5-year-old Dulce Alavez’s mom says her boyfriend was detained by ICE

    As the search for missing 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez enters its fourth day, the child’s mother said she believes federal immigration authorities have detained her boyfriend.

    The boyfriend is not the father of Dulce, who was reported missing during a family outing to Bridgeton City Park on Monday afternoon, triggering a statewide Amber Alert.

    The child’s mother, Noema Alavez Perez, is 5-months pregnant and the father of that child was interviewed by investigators, Alavez Perez said Thursday. He is now in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody in Newark, she said.

    She doesn’t know details of why he was detained. He doesn’t speak English and she helped translate for him by phone, Alavez Perez said.

    ICE officials did not immediately return requests to comment on whether he was in ICE detention.

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  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Business owner offers $5,000 reward in Dulce Maria Alavez search

    A business owner in Bridgeton, New Jersey is hoping money will help surface more information in the apparent abduction of a five-year-old girl.

    An Amber Alert remains in effect for Dulce Maria Alavez after police say she was lured into a red van at Bridgeton City Park Monday afternoon.

    Ivan Lucero, owner of Tortilleria El Paisano, announced Thursday that he and his company would be offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding Alavez’s whereabouts.

    “Hopefully people see we stepped up and there will be other businesses that will step up,” Lucero said. “When it comes to money, people will even look under rocks for someone…”

    Lucero said he was motivated to help in any way he could because you never know when you could be in a position where you need help.

    “It’s a child we’re talking about here. I have children,” he explained, “If I was in that position I would love for the community to help me too. One day, it could be any of us or our kids.”

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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Amber alert update: Reward increases, search expands in effort to find 5-year-old Dulce Alavez

    Authorities on Friday expanded their search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez and increased a reward in the case, as, by Saturday morning, the girl had now been missing for six days.

    Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae on Friday debunked rumors spreading on social media that an arrest was made in the investigation. Meanwhile, officials again pleaded with the public to come forward with any information.

    “We remain hopeful that we are going to find Dulce alive,” Webb-McRae said at a news conference. "I’m hopeful we’ll find Dulce alive because we have no physical evidence. We have not found Dulce.”

    As the search effort reached its sixth day Saturday morning, police did not disclose any solid clues about the girl’s whereabouts or name any possible suspects in what was initially described as a kidnapping.

    Investigators were revisiting areas they already searched and checking a wider swath of land around the 1,000 acre Bridgeton park, where Dulce was reportedly last seen Monday afternoon.

    “The only reason for that is to cover our tracks again where we searched and then expand the search even further,” he said.

    “We do not have any strong suspects at this time and we’re doing a lot of interviews,” the police chief said.

    Authorities declined to disclose details on the ongoing investigation.

    A reward in the case reached $35,000, officials announced. A vigil was planned in Bridgeton Saturday night.

  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Dulce Maria Alavez Missing: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
    Dulce Maria Alavez is a five-year-old missing in New Jersey. An award for information leading to her return has been increased to $35,000. She’s been missing for nearly a week now since she was last seen playing in a large park with her little brother. Hundreds of officers have been searching for her in the woods and other locations, but so far there are no clues about what happened to her and no named suspects. Here’s what you need to know about what happened.

    1. Dulce Maria Alavez Was Playing in a Park with Her Little Brother When She Disappeared

    Dulce was playing in Bridgeton City Park on Monday when she disappeared between 4 and 5 p.m., CBS Philadelphia reported. Authorities issued an Amber Alert for her on Tuesday night. The park is about 1,000-acres in size, and police have searched it more than once, NewJersey.com reported.

    2. She Was Wearing a Yellow Shirt & White-and-Black Checkered Pants When She Disappeared


    The photo above was taken just before Dulce disappeared when her mother took her and her brother to buy ice cream before they went to the park. It shows exactly what Dulce was wearing when she was last seen.

    3. Her Mother, Noema Alavez Perez, Was Not Arrested & Police Are Investigating How the Rumor Got Started. Her Father Does Not Live in the United States.

    A report was passed around social media on Friday that Dulce’s mother, Noema Alavez Perez, was arrested, but this report was not accurate, CBS Philadelphia reported. Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari said they’re investigating the source of the report that Perez was arrested. Police have said the family is cooperating with the investigation.

    Officials are asking people to keep an eye out for strange behavior from anyone they know, such as discarding a car or clothes abruptly or leaving town mysteriously.

    4. The Possible Kidnapper Had a Red Van or SUV & Is 5’6 to 5’8″

    The possible kidnapper was described as 5’6″ to 5’8″, thin build, light-skinned and possibly Hispanic, with acne but no facial hair. Police have said he was wearing a black shirt, red pants, and orange sneakers when he was last seen, and driving a red van with tinted windows and sliding doors.

    Police have said there are no “strong suspects” at this time. They said they’ve gathered video surveillance for the area, ABC 6 reported.

    5. A $35,000 Reward Has Been Offered

    A $35,000 reward is now offered more information that helps locate Dulce. The FBI, prosecutor’s office, and New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Society each contributed $5,000 to the reward. Two local businesses (Tortilleria El Paisano and Newfield National Bank) also contributed $10,000 each, ABC News reported.

    If you have any details on Dulce’s whereabouts, call 856-451-0033 or text TIP411 to give an anonymous tip. You can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI with tips.

  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Massive search continues for Dulce Maria Alavez; $35K reward offered

    Law enforcement officials from various agencies continue their search for a 5-year-old girl who they say was abducted on Monday.

    “Please if you have any information, help us find my granddaughter. Do not be afraid of the police. We have not been able to eat nor sleep. You cannot imagine what we are going through. We are very sad. Please help our family, I beg of you,” Dulce’s grandmother stated.


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  13. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Why didn't someone get a License plate number?.
  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Probably looked innocent. Hispanic man “leading” a Hispanic girl into a vehicle. Not “carrying a kicking and screaming” girl into a vehicle.
    Their first witness was also a 3-year-old.
  15. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Oh. It just seemed with so much detail. I certainly wish someone had. And it's very concerning there are no strong suspects. A complete stranger. Thank You "SheWho".
  16. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    light-skinned (possibly Hispanic) male
    5-foot-6-inches tall thin build
    no facial hair and facial acne
    wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt

    He led Dulce from a playground to a red van with a sliding side door...

    Was the 3 year old the witness who provided this description? :thinking:
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  17. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I'm not sure. I think, after canvassing the area and talking to additional people, they came up with the suspect and vehicle description.

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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Close-knit community left in fear as mystery surrounds disappearance of 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez

    Tucked away in Cumberland County, about an hour south of the gritty streets of Camden, the small city of Bridgeton seems to be bustling with children.

    Young kids cover the sidewalk in chalk drawings, older boys pop wheelies while riding their bikes down the street, and the sound of laughter coming from local playgrounds is the heartbeat of the Latino neighborhood.

    Parents perch themselves on the porch, keeping an eye on the neighborhood children as they gossip and chat with each other in Spanglish. The older kids walk hand-in-hand with the younger ones to the corner bodega, not a worry in mind.

    After all, it’s a town where everybody knows everybody, resident Wendy Alicea said proudly.

    It took just one incident for the town to go quiet, she said, her demeanor transforming to one of disappointment.

    “Bridgeton is never in the headlines. Now, this is all people know," Alicea said.

    The community where parents watch kids as if they were their own has been on edge since the disappearance of Dulce Maria Alavez, a 5-year-old girl who police believe was abducted from Bridgeton City Park Monday afternoon and is at the center of a statewide Amber Alert.

    “It’s so close to home, you know. We have to be really careful now. I never thought someone would be watching my child, but who knows what predators are lurking around?” she said.

    Today, the city is largely agricultural based — Cumberland County calls itself the “Garden Spot of the Garden State” — and home to some of the largest frozen food operations in the state. The opportunity for agricultural employment attracted a largely Latino population, which still calls the city home today, he said.

    Comprised of mostly Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants, Spanish is a primary language in the city and schools, Kelly added.

    Crime in the city has been decreasing, but still ranked as a top ten city for violence in 2017. That year, the crime rate fell 21.77% to 90.06 per 10,000 people. It ranked behind cities like Asbury Park, Irvington and Trenton. Although Bridgeton’s crime rate is high for a city of 25,000, residents say they feel safe in the neighborhood where Dulce disappeared.

    “Look, we know there’s crime here. There’s gangs and fights. We kind of expect that,” Alicea said. “But stealing someone’s kid? That never happens here. Never happens.”

    The mayor called this crime an anomaly.

    Alicea also aided in the search for Dulce, who attends the same school as her 10-year-old daughter. It could’ve been her child, she said, an attitude reverberating in the town.

    “I didn’t know her but it’s like, she’s all (of) our kid."

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  19. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    AMBER ALERT: New Jersey girl missing for 7 days as search continues

    More than 100 people gathered Saturday evening for a vigil in honor of a 5-year-old girl who has been missing for seven days in Cumberland County, New Jersey.

    During the vigil, family members explained how hard this week has been.

    "At home, there is an emptiness since she hasn't come back," said Dulce's uncle, Abad Perez Alavez. "She hasn't hurt anyone, she's only an innocent child, who likes to have fun and play games, we don't why she's disappeared."

    Dulce's grandmother made a plea for anyone with information to please come forward.

    "I beg you, if you know something please call the police because the truth is the people that have the little girl don't know what you're causing us. I don't understand what's going on," said Dulce's grandmother, Norma Perez Alavez.

    "At this point in the investigation, we continue to follow all possibilities. We remain hopeful that we're going to find Dulce alive," said a person speaking for the Alavez family.

    During a news conference, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae pleaded for anyone, including undocumented immigrants, to come forward with information.

    "If you are an undocumented immigrant, do not be concerned about your immigration status, we do not care about your immigration status, we need your info to bring Dulce home," said Webb-McRae.


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