BRIDGETON, N.J. — The reward for any information leading to the whereabouts of missing five-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez has increased from $35,000 to $52,000, according to Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari, Sr.
On Wednesday, October 9, Gaimari announced that unions representing state troopers, non-commissioned officers and superior officers of the New Jersey State Police have contributed $10,000 collectively toward the reward. Additionally, the Philadelphia Lodge #5 Fraternal Order of Police added $5,000 on Friday, Oct. 4, and two donations of $1,000 were confirmed on Monday, Oct. 7.
“Investigators continue to follow leads in the case and have gathered a substantial amount of information through interviews and technological means,” Gaimari said in a statement. “However we are in search of key information that we believe exists through the public that would greatly assist the investigation.”
Those already donating funds toward the reward include Newfield National Bank, the New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI, El Paisano Inc. of Bridgeton, Insight Workforce Solutions of Cherry Hill, and the Bandi Property Group of Northfield.
Dulce has brown eyes and hair, stands approximately 3′ tall, and weighs 60 to 70 pounds. Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black and white checkered pants with a flower design, and white sandals.
Law enforcement has been asking the public to submit any videos or photos of the Bridgeton City Park Recreational Area from Monday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. The information from the photos and videos may be innocuous but it could potentially be valuable to the investigation to bring Dulce back home.
If you have any media from this time visit fbi.gov/alavez or by clicking here. You can also contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI hitting option 4 then option 8.