New Jersey police are asking the immigrant community to help find a 5-year-old girl who vanished in 2019.
After Dulce Maria Alavez went missing in a Bridgeton park, local police launched an indoor-soccer program they said could build trust with the largely Spanish-speaking community.
Dulce Maria Alavez, the 5-year-old girl who went missing from a New Jersey playground in September 2019.Bridgeton Police Department
“What we really wanted to do was really go out and extend our hand to let you know that we were really behind you,” Officer Josh Thompson told ABC News in a story published Monday.
“So we offered up some more programs.”
Local police want to let residents know they should come forward regardless of their legal status, ABC said.
“You don’t have to worry about if you’re a citizen,” Thompson told ABC.
“We’re focusing on trying to find this young lady, and if you have any information, you don’t have to worry about anything.”