Prosecutor: Missing Child’s Mother Has Not Been Arrested
Just days after the FBI asked the public to stop spreading false information on social media regarding a missing 5-year-old girl from Bridgeton, the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office is addressing the latest rumor.
According to authorities, a post is being widely circulated on social media that claims the mother of Dulce Maria Alavez has been arrested in connection to her disappearance. The false story claims the mother's phone showed a $15,000 cash withdrawal right after the child was kidnapped.
On Facebook, the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office says, "Numerous sources have contacted the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office to ask if the below post circulating on social media is true. This post is FALSE. The family of Dulce Maria Alavez continues to cooperate with this investigation. Neither her mother or anyone else has been arrested for actions in relation to Dulce's disappearance."
Meanwhile, authorities continue to search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who is believed to have been abducted Monday at a park in Bridgeton.
Among new details released Friday, investigators have spoken to about 75 people and authorities have stopped and spoken to the owners of numerous red vans seen on surveillance footage or through registration records. No physical evidence has been recovered, despite authorities combing a 1.5-mile radius around Bridgeton City Park near the high school.
Investigators learned on Tuesday that the girl was taken by a man described by police as light-skinned, possibly Hispanic, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 tall with a thin build, no facial hair, and with acne on his face. He was wearing orange sneakers, possibly Nike brand, red pants and a black shirt, police said.
The girl was last wearing a yellow shirt with a koala bear on the front, black and white checkered long pants with a flower and white sandals.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Dulce Maria Alavez, or information regarding the suspect or his vehicle, is strongly urged to call 9-1-1 immediately.
With prior reporting from Dan Alexander.