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Noema Alavez Perez, mother of Dulce Maria Alavez, clutches a picture of her daughter during a march to Bridgeton City Hall on Jan. 6.

BRIDGETON — Less than two weeks away from the anniversary of 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez’s disappearance from City Park, officials said the investigation is still ongoing.

City police, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, State Police and the FBI are still investigating her Sept. 16 disappearance, according to a Friday post on the Prosecutor’s Office’s Facebook page.

“As we approach the one year anniversary of the disappearance of 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, we want the public to know that the investigation is active and ongoing,” according to the post.

Dulce disappeared while playing with her 3-year-old brother in City Park.

Her mother, Noema Alavez Perez, then 19, was sitting in her car with an 8-year-old relative at the time.

State Police issued an Amber Alert for Dulce one day after she went missing. Since the girl’s disappearance, authorities have searched for her using dogs, helicopters and boats, to no avail.

There have also been several citizen-led searches, flyer campaigns and vigils for the girl.

In addition, an online petition to install cameras in the park has garnered almost 900 signatures.

The community has planned a remembrance event Sept. 13 with a motivational speaker, vigil, rock painting, snacks and flyers.

Anyone with information can contact Bridgeton Police Department at 856-451-0033. Tips can also be sent anonymously by texting to TIP411 with Bridgeton in the subtext.

Officials said they will not ask about immigration status if an individual is a witness.

Contact: 609-272-7241


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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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