Vigil held for van­ished girl

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

BRIDGETON, N.J. — Dozens of peo­ple have at­tended a vigil for a 5-year-old girl be­lieved to have been kid­napped from a south­ern New Jersey park.

Fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers gath­ered Satur­day night for a vigil at the park in Bridgeton where Dulce Maria Alavez dis­ap­peared Mon­day. Sup­port­ers lit can­dles, prayed, sang hymns and wore yel­low, the color that Dulce was wear­ing when she went miss­ing. A pas­tor prayed the girl’s ab­duc­tor would “send this baby home.”

Dulce’s grand­mother, Norma Perez, said, “I miss her. I need her.”

The miss­ing girl and her 3year-old brother were play­ing at the park while their mother sat in her car with an 8-year-old rel­a­tive.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the girl was taken by a man who led her to a red van.

There’s a $35,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest in the case.

— Associated Press

The Penn­syl­va­nia de­part­ments of health and agri­cul­ture is­sued a warn­ing Satur­day af­ter con­firm­ing east­ern equine en­cephali­tis in Erie, Car­bon, and Mon­roe coun­ties. The virus was found in pheas­ants, horses and a wild turkey.

The virus is car­ried by birds. Mos­qui­toes can trans­mit it to hu­mans, horses and other birds.

Health of­fi­cials say the in­fec­tion is fa­tal in 30% of hu­man cases. They’re urg­ing peo­ple to avoid mos­quito bites when out­doors by wear­ing mos­quito re­pel­lent and cov­er­ing ex­posed skin with light­weight cloth­ing. Home­own­ers should also make sure win­dow screens are in good con­di­tion and elim­i­nate stand­ing wa­ter around their prop­er­ties.

— Associated Press The items re­port­edly dis­ap­peared be­tween June 21 and Sept. 9.

A po­lice spokesman told The New York Times that in­ves­ti­ga­tors haven’t iden­ti­fied a sus­pect and are look­ing at ev­ery­one with ac­cess to the build­ing.

Trump plans to stay at his pent­house Sun­day night. He’s to de­liver a speech at the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly on Tues­day.

Re­ports of the thefts were first pub­lished by the New York Post.

— Associated Press

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