Police issue Amber Alert for missing girl; last seen in back of man’s van

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Law enforcement officials have issued an Amber Alert for a 5-year-old girl who went missing in Bridgeton Monday afternoon.

Police now say that it appears that Dulce Maria Alavez was abducted from City Park Playground by a man with a red van with sliding doors and tinted windows.

Police say that the man is light-skinned, possibly Hispanic. He is about 5-feet, 6-inches tall with a thin build and no facial hair. He is said to have acne on his face. He was last seen wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt.

 
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Police say that Alavez was spotted in the back seat of the van when the man drove away. This was around 4:20 p.m. Monday, according to investigators.

Police say that the girl and her 3-year-old brother were playing on the playground while the children’s mother stayed in the car with an 8-year-old relative.

The mother reported that the 3-year-old soon came back to the car without his sister. She told police she was not able to find her daughter.

Alavez is Hispanic and stands about 3-feet, 5-inches tall. She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black and white checkered pants with a flower design and white sandals. She has dark-colored hair that was tied back in a ponytail.

Anyone who may have information about the girl’s whereabouts is asked to call Bridgeton police at 856-451-0033. Information can be sent anonymously by texting “Bridgeton” to TIP411.

 

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