NEW JERSEY – Authorities have released a composite sketch of the suspect who was possibly involved in the case of a missing 5-year old girl out of Bridgeton City.
It has been nearly a month since an Amber Alert was issued for missing 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez on Sept. 17. On Oct. 15, New Jersey State Police and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office released a sketch of the man they believe to be involved in her disappearance.
The suspect depicted in the sketch was reportedly seen in Bridgeton Park, with one or two children, around the time Dulce went missing. According to authorities, the man is Hispanic, approximately 5’ 7”, of slender build, between 30-35 years old, and was seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball hat.
“We are asking this person (or anyone who may recognize him) to come forward as investigators wish to speak with him as it is believed that he may have information that is helpful in determining the circumstances that led to Dulce’s disappearance,” the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Dulce was last seen at Bridgeton Park in a yellow shirt with an elephant on it, black and white pants, and white shoes. She is Hispanic, approximately 3 ft., 60-70 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.
Police believe Dulce was taken from the park by a man described as light-skinned Hispanic, 5’ 6” to 5’ 8”, of thin build, with facial acne, no facial hair and wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt. He allegedly led the little girl to a red van with a sliding side door.
Police continue to investigate and are “operating under the premise” that Dulce is still alive, according to CCPO.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000 ext. 2857, the Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033 or by calling 911 immediately.
Anyone with information they think is important to the investigation is urged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI and choose option 4 and then option 8, or text the information to TIP411 subtext “Bridgeton.” Anyone with video or pictures can upload them to fbi.gov/alavez.
Prosecutors ask the public to remain vigilant and report any possible sighting or information relating to Dulce’s whereabouts.