BRIDGETON, NJ -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing 5 year old girl who disappeared from a park on Monday, September 16. Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen in the area of Bridgeton City Park just before 5pm. Her mother, Noema Alavez, reported to police that her daughter and her 3 year old son were playing nearby on the swings while she remained in her car.
Then, according to the mother, the 3-year-old returned to the car, crying and without his sister and they were not able to locate her after. Police believe the child was taken by a light skinned, maybe Hispanic male, roughly 5 foot 6 inches tall. He was believed to be wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt. It's unknown if the suspect knew the girl or the family. Police say the man led Dulce Maria Alavez from the playground to a red van with a sliding door and tinted windows. The man then allegedly took off with the girl in his van.
"She would never run off. She would never walk by herself or do something like that. This is the first time she did it," said her mother. On Tuesday morning searchers could be heard calling her name in a forested area near where the little girl was last seen.
The Cumberland County Prosecutor said the search for Dulce continues, including assistance from the FBI. Dulce Alavez is described as a Hispanic female, approximately 3'5" tall and of a medium build. Alavez was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black and white checkered long pants with a flower design and white sandals. Her dark-colored hair was in a ponytail.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call Bridgeton Police at 856-451-0033