The holidays have come and gone, but there's still no sign of Dulce Maria Alavez.
The 5-year-old from Bridgeton, New Jersey, was kidnapped on September 16, 2019, during a family outing at Bridgeton City Park.
An Amber Alert remains in effect and a $75,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to her whereabouts. Although they've received thousands of tips, efforts to find Dulce Maria by local, state and federal law enforcement have been unsuccessful.
A mother's desperate plea for her daughter's safe return
Volunteers have also been doing their own searches of the surrounding area. We spoke to Dulce's mother Noema Perez Alavez during a search on January 5. Click on the video to hear what she had to say.
Anyone with information on Dulce Maria Alavez is asked to call New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, ext 2554, the Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033 or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
May 3, 2020 will mark the third year anniversary of Akia Eggleston's disappearance. The case continues to generate national media coverage, but there are still no answers as to what happened to the 22-year-old mom.
Akia, a resident of Baltimore, Maryland, was eight months pregnant when she vanished four days before her baby shower was to take place.
We were first to obtain exclusive images of Akia captured by a security camera from a bank in the Inner Harbor on May 3, 2017, that's the day investigators believe she disappeared.
Investigators also suspect foul play and have reportedly interviewed over 100 individuals, but they have not named any suspects and there have been no arrests in the case.
Much has been said about the man believed to be the father of Akia's unborn child. The man, who was also a childhood friend of Akia's stepfather, has never spoken publicly about his alleged relationship with Akia or about her disappearance. There are plenty of rumors, speculation, and gossip circulating on social media, but if there is evidence that directly ties him or anyone to Akia's disappearance, investigators are keeping their cards very close to the vest.
Since police have not publicly released his name, we are not publishing it on this site, either. However, through our reporting, we've been able to confirm that the individual and his current girlfriend and mother of at least two of his children, have been questioned twice by Baltimore City Police.
I recently made contact with someone who knows the man believed to be the father of Akia's unborn son. The source asked not to be identified but did share with me that he has not spoken to the individual in person since Akia disappeared and does not want him around his family. The source also explained that he has spoken at great length with authorities and with Akia's stepfather. Below is some of what the source said:
"I only knew Akia for a short time but grew up with her step dad when I was in elementary school. I have nothing but love and hope for him, and I hope that he finds her cuz whatever happened ain't right. I have a daughter, and I can't imagine my daughter missing and her not being found."
The source says that he doesn't know where the individual is currently living but finds it hard to believe that he would've harmed Akia.
"I'm not happy about Akia missing and him avoiding the situation. I would never support a tragedy like this. He's not that type of person to harm or have someone missing."
Why hasn't the alleged father of Akia's baby contacted her step-father or helped search for her or made a public plea for her safe return? To that the source said the following:
"If I ever see him I'd probably punch him in the face cuz if he didn't do it, he should have said something. This is crazy, but he not gonna talk to me cuz he know people gonna ask me first about him, and I already been to the police station and talked to the FBI for 4 hrs."
The source stressed that he doesn't want his name made public because he has a family and doesn't want to be harassed. On a final note he said this about Akia:
"I talked to her stepdad and told him everything I know that he asked. That is all I have to say, and, again, I hope and pray to God that she is found safe and alive!"
Our calls and messages left for the man believed to be the father of Akia's son have gone unanswered. If he's reading this, hopefully he and/or his girlfriend will reach out to us. They deserve a chance to be heard. Baltimore City Police have reportedly narrowed their focus down to about a dozen individuals, but they have yet to name any suspects in the case. As they stated to me from the start of this investigation, "This is a real whodunnit."
Anyone with information on Akia Eggleston's whereabouts is urged to call Baltimore City Police at 410-396-2499. A combined $25,000 reward is being offered in this case.
You can follow our exclusive ongoing coverage of Akia Eggleston's disappearance on this site and also on Youtube.
Claudia Rivero Investigative Reporter/Producer