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Search continues for missing 5-year-old girl last seen at NJ park

Posted at 2:57 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 15:36:32-04

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Police on Tuesday searched for a 5-year-old girl they said disappeared while playing at a park in New Jersey.

Dulce Maria Alavez, 5, (pictured) was last seen at a park in Bridgeton, New Jersey on Sept. 16, 2019. (Bridgeton Police Dept.)

Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen in the City Park ballfields and playground area in Bridgeton just before 5 p.m. Monday, police said.

The child’s mother told police the girl and her 3-year-old brother ran off to play while she stayed in her vehicle with an 8-year-old relative, police said.

The little boy then came running back without his sister, and the mother was unable to locate the girl, according to police.

Police were contacted and a search began throughout the area.

Alavez is described as standing 3-feet 5-inches, and 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 last styled in a ponytail, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 856-451-0033 or text the police department’s TIP411 text to relay information, subtext “Bridgeton.”