Mother of missing Bridgeton girl: 'Don't give up on my Dulce'

Andrew Kramer
September 30, 2019 - 7:18 pm
Dulce Maria Alavez

Andrew Kramer/KYW Newsradio; inset: FBI

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BRIDGETON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — As the search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez continues, the young girl's mother shared some tough words Monday at the South Jersey park where her daughter was last seen two weeks ago.

"I beg you all: Don't give up on my Dulce," said Noema Alavez Perez at Bridgeton City Park, while holding a toy from Dulce's favorite movie, "Frozen." "Let's keep pushing to find her safe."

Dulce was last seen in the late afternoon of Sept. 16. The 19-year-old Perez got to the park that day with her younger sister, her little son, and Dulce.

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"When we got here (Dulce and my son) got out and went running to the park," she recalled. "We could see the park, but we just couldn't see the swings. I was scratching a lottery ticket and my sister was getting her homework out because I was going to help her do her homework, but then when my sister told me there's no signs of them, that's when we checked."

Perez found her son, crying, pointing toward a building, but Dulce was nowhere to be found — and hasn't been seen since.

"I know she wants to come back home because she doesn't like being far away from her family," said Perez. "If somebody knows something, please come forward and talk."

Perez cried intermittently while she was speaking, at one point breaking down and sharing her grief in Spanish. A reporter asked her to repeat what she said in English.

"It's been really difficult for me sleeping," she said. "I can't even go to sleep because I keep thinking about my daughter because she didn't want to sleep by herself; she always wanted someone to be with her. She was afraid of the dark and everything."

Perez thanked law enforcement for all their work over the last few weeks, but also reinforced a message for people she said are accusing her of having something to do with Dulce's disappearance.

"Please stop the rumors," begged Perez. "Please stop pointing fingers when you don't know and we don't know who took her."

She also had a message for Dulce's alleged kidnapper: "Return my daughter; she's just an innocent girl. She's just 5 years old. She doesn't know nothing of the world that we know because we're adults. She's just a little girl, she's innocent. She's just living her childhood."

When asked if Dulce's father was possibly involved in her disappearance, Perez said she doesn't think he's involved because he's been in Mexico, and she does not believe he has the money to come to the U.S.

Authorities have not provided any new information on their search in the last few days.