Family of Dulce Maria Alavez not giving up hope, plans new search

BRIDGETON, New Jersey (WPVI) -- The family of missing 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez is refusing to give up hope, more than five weeks since she disappeared.

The family announced plans Wednesday morning for a new search that will take place on Sunday at 9 a.m.

"We will be combing new areas," said a family spokesperson. "We will be going door-to-door passing out fliers."

"We will never give up on you, Dulce Maria. And we are asking you, the public, not to give up on her."
The five-year-old was reported missing during a family outing to Bridgeton City Park on September 16.

EMBED More News Videos

Dulce Maria Alavez vanished on the afternoon of September 16, prompting an all-out search to find the 5-year-old girl.

The girl and her 3-year-old brother were playing while their mother sat in her car with an 8-year-old relative, but her son soon ran to the car crying and pointed to the area where he last saw his sister

There is a $52,000 dollar reward being offered in the case.

Eight-year-old Camila Alavez is Dulce's aunt, but family member say they were more like sisters.

"I miss her a lot and I want her to come back," Camila said.

She and Dulce's brother, Manuel, held up signs of support as family members and friends spoke on Wednesday.

Police recently released a sketch of a man they describe as a possible witness.

During the news conference on Wednesday, the family spokesperson also thanked local law enforcement for their efforts but said the family has not heard from investigators in a few weeks.

"They're not blaming the police, they're just upset there are no answers for them," she said.

The event on Sunday is an all-volunteer search effort. All volunteers are asked to meet at Bridgeton City Park at 9 a.m.
Copyright © 2021 WPVI-TV. All Rights Reserved.