Search for missing five-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez continues as police sift through hundreds of tips and reward hits $52,000 two months after she vanished from New Jersey playground
- Dulce Maria Alavez, five, has been missing since September 16
- The girl was last seen at a New Jersey playground with her 3-year-old brother while her mother sat in a car close by
- Police have explored hundreds of tips and released a sketch of man last month that believe is a person of interest
- Reward for information leading an arrest in the case grows to $52,000
- Investigators say the girl may have been lured into a red van with tinted windows
- Alavez mother, Noema Alavez Perez: ‘Every time it gets dark, I think about her’
Dulce Maria Alavez, 5, has been missing since playing in a park on September 16
The search for a five-year-old who vanished from a New Jersey park while her mother sat in a car nearby has entered its second month.
Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen at a playground with her 3-year-old brother in Bridgeton, New Jersey on September 16.
‘Every time it gets dark, I think about her. She doesn’t like sleeping by herself,’ the girl’s mother, Noema Alavez Perez, told KYW-TV.
An Amber Alert was issued on the night she vanished, with police giving a description of a the man they believe may have been involved in the abduction.
He is 5-foot-6 inches tall and wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt.
Police say the girl may have been coaxed into a red van with a sliding door and tinted windows, ABC News reported.
The Bridgeton Police are working in coordination with the FBI and missing children experts from New Jersey State Police.
A reward has grown to $52,000 for help in solving the crime.
A month ago, investigators released a sketch of a possible witness who was allegedly at the park at the same time and could have information on Alavez’s whereabouts.
Police have released a sketch of a man they consider a person of interest in connection to the disappearance of a 5-year-old New Jersey girl in September
The playground at Bridgeton City Park, in Bridgeton, N.J., where police think a young girl may have been abducted on September 16, while her mother sat in a nearby car
Noema Alavez Perez, the mother of 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who has been missing for two months, said: ‘We’re not fine. That’s for sure because we’re still worried about Dulce’
Sunday is two months since Dulce Maria Alavez disappared from a park in Bridgeton, New Jersey
Police say they have not been able to get in contact with that person, or other witnesses.
They have pursued hundreds of tips and conducted various searches, KYW said.
Family members went door-to-door to handout the missing person flier, NJ.com said.
There is also surveillance video showing the girl with family grabbing ice cream, just before the apparent abduction in broad daylight.
‘We share her picture every day so more people could see it,’ Alavez Perez said.
A vigil was held Saturday about two miles from the Bridgeton City Park where she was last seen.
Alavez’s mother says the family is living a nightmare.
‘We’re not fine. That’s for sure because we’re still worried about Dulce,’ Alavez Perez told KYW.
‘We haven’t heard nothing about her. Not a clue or who had took her. Nothing.’
Police released an image from a surveillance video at a store just before, police say, Dulce Maria Alavez was abducted from a New Jersey playground
The FBI’s missing person flier for Dulce Maria Alavez, who disappeared two months ago from a playground in New Jersey. But her mother Noema Alavez Perez tries to keep up hope: ‘We haven’t heard nothing about her. Not a clue or who had took her. Nothing.’