Reward Rises to $52K in Search for Missing New Jersey Girl - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Reward Rises to $52K in Search for Missing New Jersey Girl

The latest funds come from the State Troopers Fraternal Association, the Non-Commissioned Officers Union, and the Superior Officers Association

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Where Is Dulce María? Despite Thousands of Tips, No Sign of 5 Year Old

    Tthe search for Dulce María Alavez, 5, is near the end of its third week. But despite thousands of tips, the FBI's involvement and an Amber Alert, there is no sign of the girl who went missing after running to the swings at Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey Sept. 16.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 4, 2019)

    What to Know

    • The reward for information that can lead to a missing New Jersey girl now stands at $52,000.

    • Dulce María Alavez, 5, disappeared from a Bridgeton, New Jersey, park on Monday, Sept. 16. Authorities believe the girl was abducted.

    • Despite a prolonged search and federal involvement, the girl has not turned up nearly a month after she vanished

    Nearly a month after her disappearance, and with searches thus far proving fruitless, officials have once again increased by thousands of dollars the reward for information that can lead them to a missing New Jersey 5-year-old.

    Three New Jersey State Police unions on Wednesday announced that they were offering an additional $10,000 in the case of Dulce María Alavez, who vanished last month from a Bridgeton, New Jersey, park. The total reward now stands at $52,000.

    The latest funds come from the State Troopers Fraternal Association, the Non-Commissioned Officers Union, and the Superior Officers Association.

    Dulce María disappeared Sept. 16 from Bridgeton City Park as she played with her 3-year-old brother. Last week, county prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said that authorities had received more than 1,000 tips, investigated more than 200 locations and checked in with sex offenders throughout Cumberland County to no avail.

    911 Call of Mother Reporting Missing Daughter Released

    [PHI] 911 Call of Mother Reporting Missing Daughter Released

    NBC10 obtained newly released audio of the mother of 5-year-old Dulce María Alavez reporting her missing to a 911 dispatcher.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019)

    The working hypothesis is that a light-skinned, clean-shaven male who appeared to be between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 inches tall with a thin build was the one who took the girl. Police believe he had acne on his face and wore orange sneakers, red pants and a black t-shirt and drove away in a red van.

    However, Webb-McRae acknowledged last week that the red van detail could be wrong.

    "I am not wed to the red vehicle. The witness that gave us that information is a child of tender years," Webb-McRae said, adding that people should still not discount the possibility of the van.

    Authorities have spoken both to Alavez Pérez's boyfriend and Dulce María's father -- who resides in Mexico -- and have pored over surveillance video in the area to no avail. The girl's family is also cooperating with investigators, Webb-McRae said.

    Since the disappearance, more than 300 federal, state and local officers have searched for the girl by land, sea and air and have served more than 50 legal processes, including court orders and subpoenas, the prosecutors said. They've also expanded the search beyond the state of New Jersey and added the girl to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Most Wanted" list of kidnapping victims in hopes that they will find her alive.

    "In the absence of physical evidence indicating that Dulce has been physically harmed, we remain hopeful and continue to act under the premise that she is alive," Webb-McRae said.

    Search Expands for Girl Taken From New Jersey Park

    [PHI] Search Expands for Girl Taken From New Jersey Park

    The search for Dulce Maria Alavez entered its third day Wednesday. An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night after police re-interviewed people at the Bridgeton, New Jersey, park at the time of the abduction.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019)