Bridgeton police chief dispels rumors of girl’s death
BRIDGETON — City police Chief Michael A. Gaimari Sr. dispelled rumors Sunday night that Ohio police had found missing 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez dead over the weekend.
According to a post on the Bridgeton departmen’t Facebook page, false information was circulated that police in Austintown, Ohio, had found the missing girl. Gaimari said it was false.
Austintown Detective Lt. Jordan Yacovono said in an interview an index card with descriptions of nearby locations was sent to a local casino/race track. The area was searched with cadaver dogs and drones and turned up empty.
Another letter was sent to the town’s library.
That letter had “no new information that couldn’t have been obtained from the news story or online,” Yacovono said.
Dulce disappeared Sept. 16 while playing with her 3-year-old brother in City Park. Her mother, Noema Alavez Perez, 19, was sitting in her car with an 8-year-old relative at the time.
State Police issued an Amber Alert for Dulce a day after she went missing. Since the girl’s disappearance, officials have searched for her using dogs, helicopters and boats, to no avail.
City police investigators, as well as the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, State Police and the FBI are still working on the case, following up all substantive leads and tips that are provided, according to the post.
However, investigators have received “erroneous information from less-than-credible sources,” according to the post, which has resulted in manpower being redirected in the efforts and hinders finding Dulce and figuring out the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
The investigation is ongoing, and “there is no information received to indicate the child’s well-being at this time,” according to the post. Anyone with information that could help the investigation can call the department at 856-451-0033 or use the anonymous TIP411 text line, subtext “Bridgeton.”