BRIDGETON — Law enforcement has cleared one repeated photo tip as not related to the 2019 disappearance of young Dulce Alavez.
Authorities said they have been sent the same image, of a man and girl walking from the direction of a white van with its door open, a number of times.
After thorough investigation, they have not only ruled out any involvement in Alavez’s case but also have dismissed any connection to human trafficking.
The public was urged to keep sending potential leads.
“As always, we want to thank all of our community partners for sharing this and all information. We would also like to thank all of our law enforcement partners who assisted with investigating this information quickly," authorities said in an online update.
In April, Alavez's family gathered at the same park she disappeared from, to celebrate the girl's 8th birthday.
A $75,000 reward is still offered, for information leading to her whereabouts.
“Please continue to share any and all information, 100% anonymously, with the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office," they added.
Tips can be shared here.
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at email@example.com
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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: