Reward now over $50K in missing Dulce Alavez case as police urge public ‘across the nation’ to be vigilant

The reward for information leading to the whereabouts of missing New Jersey girl has increased to $52,000 are more agencies as multiple police unions have donated to the cause.

The Bridgeton Police department announced the increased reward for information leading to missing Dulce Alavez in a Facebook post on Tuesday. Dulce, 5, was last seen at Bridgeton City Park on September 16. An extensive search of the park and the surrounding area found no sign of Dulce, and authorities remain optimistic that she is alive, though the Bridgeton police said they still need key information and hope that more potential witnesses come forward.

“Investigators continue to follow leads in the case and have gathered a substantial amount of information through interviews and technological means,” Chief of Police Michael Gaimari, Sr. is quoted saying in the police department’s statement, “however we are in search of key information that we believe exists through the public that would greatly assist the investigation.”

The statement reiterated that any potential witnesses should not be concerned about their immigration status.

“If you are a part of the undocumented immigrant community, you don’t have to be fearful of providing information. Our Governor and Attorney General have reiterated what we have already said, in New Jersey if you are a witness, law enforcement cannot and will not ask you about your immigration status. If you remain fearful, we have given you a way to text your information anonymously, please text your information to TIP411 with Bridgeton in the text line.”

The statement also urged anyone who was in the park on September 16 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to contact the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office or Bridgeton police, even if a person does not believe they have any information relevant to the investigation.

Police also urged those outside of the community to be on alert for possible sightings of the child.

“We are asking the public in this county, across the state and across the nation to remain vigilant,” the statement reads.

“We still need your assistance. Any information that seems out of place or relevant – such as a sighting of a young child who looks like Dulce or a person who has begun to act suspiciously might be the tip we need to crack this investigation.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the Bridgeton Police at 856-451-0033 or the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center at 609-963-6900.

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