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The Abduction

“When I got there I asked him, ‘Where’s your sister?’ and he just pointed behind the buildings. And I went behind it and I couldn’t find her,” said Noema Alavez-Perez, Dulce’s mother.

Dulce (now 5) vanished from a park in Bridgeton, NJ, on Sept. 16, 2019.  Investigators believe she was abducted, but they and her family still have hope they will find her safe, according to nbc10. 

“If she was deceased, something would turn out somewhere,” said Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.

Dulce was abducted while she was playing with her 3-year-old brother. Alavez-Perez was watching the kids from a car when the suspect struck.

“We believe there are witnesses out there who saw the abductor, who saw the vehicle in the area of the park and either haven’t come forward because they don’t realize how important the information is that they have,” said FBI special agent Daniel Garrabrant.

The Investigation

According to abc6, police were called roughly 45 minutes after the abduction. This makes the scope of the investigation larger.

“The person that did this likely lived in Bridgeton, been familiar with Bridgeton or had a reason to be where they were in the park,” said Garrabrant.

An Amber Alert was released after some initial witness statements. Dulce may have been taken by a light-skinned, possible Hispanic male. They should be about 5’7″, roughly between the ages of 25 and 35 years old. Witnesses saw a red van leave the scene around this time.

“If someone started to act differently, seemed distressed, seemed off their game, did something strange that was in the area of where Dulce disappeared– we want the public to come forward with that information,” said Webb-McRae.

The suspect may not have gone to work for a few days or changed their appearance of vehicle around this time. Webb-McRae has also urged the public to take not of any sudden addition of a child to a family in your neighborhood.

“If you know a family that didn’t have a child, pops up with a child that’s in the five, six-year-old range, and that seems suspicious to you, then I’d ask that you contact our FBI or our tipline or Bridgeton police and get us that information,” she said.

Authorities believe this was a crime of opportunity.

How to help

Anyone with information can call the Bridgeton Police Department: (856) 451-0033.

Anonymous tips can be reported to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office here.

FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline: 1-800-CALL-FBI. Select option 4, then option 8. If you speak Spanish call (856) 207-2732.

A $75,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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