Underground Mysteries — October 20, 2019 and edited on October 10, 2022 (originally shared to the missing NJ map I created, which shows every missing person in the state of NJ)
Dulce Maria Alavez vanished suddenly when she was just five years old on September 16, 2019. She is presumed to have been abducted from the playground at Bridgeton City Park, which is located at 25 Mayor Aitken Drive in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey.
At the time of Alavez’s disappearance, she was in the company of her mother, younger brother, and older sister. It was a clear, sunny day with a high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Alavez’s mother, Noema Alavez Perez, took her sister in her car to help her with her homework and play a scratch-off lottery ticket, while trying to keep her eyes on Alavez and her younger brother, who were both swinging on the swings. Perez reportedly looked away for a moment, and when she looked back up at the swing set, Dulce was no longer seen. She got out of her vehicle to search for Alavez, but she could not locate her. Panicked and scared, she first called her brother because she thought if he brought their dog, a pit bull, to the park, it could scare any potential abductors. She subsequently called 911 for authority’s help and to report her missing. A large search by authorities took place at the playground, but no solid clues to her whereabouts were revealed.
One child who was present at the time of Alavez’s disappearance stated that there may have been a man at the scene, and it was said this man may have driven away in a red van or truck. A day after Alavez’s disappearance, an Amber Alert was issued.
Born in 2014, Alavez would now be 8 years old in 2022. (This original article was edited to add more details in 2022.) She can be described as a Hispanic female with dark brown hair and brown eyes.
For those unfamiliar with the Bridgeton City Park and its general vicinity, it is surrounded by water on all sides. Just north of the park is Sunset Lake. About .1 mile west of the park is a river leading into Jeddy’s Pond, which is southwest of the park. About .1 mile east of the park is Cohansey River, which also runs south. There is also a zoo located just .1 mile west of the park.
This unsolved case has been cold now for three years, as of 2022. Because foul play is suspected in her disappearance, Alavez’s family has asked the public for help. There is a $75,000 reward for anyone who can lead authorities to Alavez.
Alavez’s father, Edgar Perez, was not in New Jersey at the time of her disappearance, as he was deported to Mexico in 2018, but he has held onto hopes for her safe return.
Have you seen Alavez or have any information that could lead authorities to her whereabouts? If so, please contact the Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033. For anonymous tips, please contact the FBI’s tip-line at 1-800-225-5324, and press 4, then 8. Spanish-speakers may also call 856-207-2732.
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