Case of missing 5-year-old South Jersey girl shows up in a Clearwater newspaper ad

Mark Abrams
February 27, 2020 - 3:17 pm
Dulce Maria Alavez

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The image of a missing South Jersey child has turned up in advertisement posted in a Clearwater, Florida publication as part of a nationwide outreach supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

The advertisement with the title "Missing: Help Bring Me Home" profiles the case of Dulce Alavez, the 5-year-old who has been missing since September from a Bridgeton, Cumberland County park. 

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Authorities believe she may have been abducted by a man and went with him in an unknown vehicle.

The ad — which contained two photos, her personal information and contact information for the FBI and Bridgeton police — was spotted this week in the Cleawater newspaper.

"To get these images out into the community to engage in areas that we believe or law enforcement believes the child may be," is the purpose of the ad, explained John Bischoff, acting vice president of the missing children's division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Alexandria, Virginia.

An advertisement profiles the case of Dulce Alavez.
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However, Bischoff couldn't say whether federal or local investigators believe the little girl is in Florida.

He says the ads are placed with organizations he called “partners” to get a wide distribution of many cases of missing children across the country.

"The hope is someone knows something and it's just finding that right person to report it," Bischoff said.