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Cumberland County prosecutor, Bridgeton police chief dispel rumors that missing Dulce Maria Alavez found dead
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Cumberland County prosecutor, Bridgeton police chief dispel rumors that missing Dulce Maria Alavez found dead

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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 — Cumberland County and city law enforcement once again dispelled rumors late Tuesday that Dulce Maria Alavez, a young girl who went missing from City Park last year, has been found dead.

“A Facebook post circulating on social media is FALSE INFORMATION!” county Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a post on the agency’s Facebook page. “Information like this is a distraction to the investigation and causes unnecessary grief to the family of missing child Dulce Maria Alavez.”

Webb-McRae confirmed the investigation is ongoing “and will never close until we find Dulce and/or the person responsible for her disappearance” in an email to The Press on Wednesday morning. “I have to respond to false information like this being disseminated because I have to dispel false information which may divert the public’s attention from reporting suspicious information which may lead us to determining who’s responsible for Dulce’s disappearance.”

A photo included with the post shows Dulce with “FALSE INFORMATION” written in red capital letters across her face, along with what appears to be a government seal in the upper righthand corner. Underneath, in white type, it reads “It is with great sadness to report that Dulce Alavez has been found deceased. We will hold a press conference when we know all the details.”

Message from Prosecutor Webb-McRae: A Facebook post circulating on social media is FALSE INFORMATION! Information...

Posted by Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, NJ on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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“Posting false information under the false impression that it comes from a law enforcement agency to cause alarm or harm to a grieving family is reprehensible,” Webb-McRae said in the post. “Any and all information relating to this investigation will come from a legitimate law enforcement source.”

Dulce, who would be 6 years old now, disappeared from the park Sept. 16, 2019, while playing with her 3-year-old brother. 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.

This is not the first time officials have had to dispel rumors about Dulce being found dead.

In March, a rumor circulated that police in Austintown, Ohio, had found the girl’s body. Bridgeton police Chief Michael Gaimari said it was false.

There also have been several citizen-led searches, flyer campaigns and vigils for the girl. Last month, the community marked the anniversary of the girl’s disappearance with an event at the park, urging people to remember Dulce and keep working to find her.

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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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