NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The search for a 5-year-old girl who went missing from a New Jersey park stretches into its fifth day Friday, as the reward for her safe return goes up to $30,000, including $5,000 from the FBI.
An Amber Alert was issued for Dulce Maria Alavez who police believe was taken by a man at Bridgeton City Park in Bridgeton, New Jersey on Monday.
Alavaez’s grandmother, Norma Perez, spoke at a news conference on Thursday to try to implore people to come forward with information, aiming particularly at Mexican immigrants who may be afraid of issues with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
"Please, if you know something that will help us find my granddaughter, don't be afraid of the police,” she said.
Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said on Thursday that investigators are searching for the girl, but that, “As time passes, it gets harder to find her.”
The suspect is described as a light-skinned man between 5’6” and 5’8” and authorities believe he took Alavez away in a red van.
"We don't have any solid suspects," said Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari earlier in the week. "We have video surveillance that we've gathered from all of this area."
Alavez came to the park with her mother, her 3-year-old brother, and her 8-year-old aunt, say authorities.
Her mother said Dulce was playing with her brother while she and the 8-year-old relative were in a car about 30 yards away.
Investigators searched the park with bloodhounds and visited the family’s home, hoping to find clues.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call Bridgeton Police at 856-451-0033.