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Vigil held for 5-year-old girl who vanished from New Jersey park

Posted: 3:07 PM, Sep 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-22 15:07:49-04

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Dozens of people have attended a vigil for a 5-year-old girl believed to have been kidnapped from a southern New Jersey park.

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

Family, friends and supporters gathered Saturday night for a vigil at the park in Bridgeton where Dulce Maria Alavez disappeared Monday. Supporters lit candles, prayed, sang hymns and wore yellow, the color that Dulce was wearing when she went missing. A pastor prayed the girl’s abductor would “send this baby home.”

Dulce’s grandmother, Norma Pérez, said, “I miss her. I need her.”

The missing girl and her 3-year-old brother were playing at the park while their mother sat in her car with an 8-year-old relative.

Authorities believe the girl was taken by a man who led her to a red van.

There’s a $35,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.