Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen on Sept. 16 at Bridgeton City Park in Bridgeton, New Jersey, and is still missing. An Amber Alert has been issued and remains in effect.
A new search for the 5-year-old girl will be started in the coming week, focusing on the park and area even further out. The FBI has also recently placed Dulce on its most-wanted missing persons’ list, according to Action News.
Investigators said the little girl vanished from a New Jersey park while playing with her 3-year-old brother, Manuel. While her mother, Noema Perez, waited in the car with an 8-year-old relative, the young boy came back crying without Dulce around 4:20 p.m. Sept. 16. Perez and her brother looked for Dulce but could not locate her.
Officers said a light-skinned white or Hispanic male wearing orange sneakers, red pants, and a black shirt led Dulce away to a red van with tinted windows and a sliding rear passenger door, according to an Amber Alert issued late Tuesday, Sept. 17.
The family of Dulce has released several videos of the girl that they hope can help bring her home, CBS reported. The clips show Dulce happily chattering to the camera and singing “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen.”
There was more evidence of a community still reeling by the unexplained absence at the park on Sunday, Sept. 29. Yellow ribbons with well-wishes were written on them with messages written in Spanish directed to Dulce. One sign reads “We will find you, God is big and he will protect you.”
Kimberlee Sue Moran, a teaching professor and director of forensics at Rutgers University-Camden, is not involved in the investigation but she is familiar with how large-scale searches work.
“Investigators cast a wide net. Connecting the dots to what is a dead-end and what is not,” the forensic expert told Action News. “In forensic science, it is all about inclusion or exclusion so what sort of suspects or scenarios can we exclude.”
The official reward total for information leading to Dulce’s whereabouts is $35,000.