September 16, 2019
The day life forever changed for Noema Alavez Perez when a trip to Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey turned into a never ending search for her daughter Dulce Maria Alavez.
Dulce Maria, 5, vanished without a trace and is believed to have been kidnapped possibly by a stranger.
I spent some time with Dulce's family recently. They want to tell their story in their own words without anyone else speaking for them. No questions were off-limits. The family has a message for Dulce, for the person who took her and for the community.
I also spoke with an FBI Special Agent who heads the East Coast Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team which is assisting Bridgeton Police and New Jersey State Police with the investigation. He believes this was a crime of opportunity and says investigators need the community's help to solve this case.
A message to Dulce from her mom
Anyone with information on Dulce Maria Alavez is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, New Jersey State Police Missing persons Unit at 609-882-2000 ext., 2554, or Bridgeton Police at 856-451-0033.
Where is Dulce Maria Alavez?
A crime of opportunity is how a federal investigator describes the case of Dulce Maria Alavez who vanished while playing in Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey on September 16, 2019.
We spoke to Dulce's family and the FBI about the case. Was it a crime of opportunity? Has anyone been ruled out? And what is the family doing to keep Dulce's case in the public eye?
Investigators are still looking to identify a man who was seen in the area of the park where Dulce was playing. He's described as a Hispanic male, roughly 5'7", thin, with acne on his chin, and is 30-35 years old. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a baseball-style hat.
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.
Claudia Rivero Investigative Reporter/Producer