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The Family Of A Missing 5-Year-Old Girl Is Officially Taking Action Into Their Own Hands To Search For Her

The family of Dulce Maria Alavez, a 5-year-old who may have been kidnapped from a park in Cumberland County, New Jersey over 5 weeks ago, plan to stage another massive search for her this weekend.

The little girl’s relatives have recruited volunteers to sweep the area around a 1,100 acre Bridgeton City Park. They will also go door to door passing out fliers. This will mark the third search organized by the family this month. The search will start at 9 AM on Sunday at the park’s baseball field.

Dulce’s family has not given up hope and have looked relentlessly for the little girl.

“We will never give up the hope that she will be found,” Norma Perez Alavez told the Philadelphia Inquirer in Spanish. 

The family hopes to comb new areas of the park in their search.

“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.”

Police will not be involved in the search and no suspects have been identified in the girl’s disappearance. The New Jersey State Police Unions have announced that they will give an additional $10,000 reward, making the total reward for providing information about Dulce’s whereabouts, is now $52,000.

“They’re not blaming the police, they’re just upset there are no answers for them,” a spokeswoman said of the investigation. 

A previous search was organized by Will Rackley and Christine James — strangers to the family who decided to help. 

“My heart goes out to Dulce Alavez and I felt like doing something for her,” Rackley told NJ.com

The pair organized a group of searchers to comb the park last weekend. 

“This is a 5-year-old child that is missing that deserves to be with her family,” James said. “She deserves to grow up with her little brother. We have to do something.”

Dulce’s disappearance sparks public support.

Police say Dulce was kidnapped from Bridgeton Park by a man driving a red van on September 16. The man allegedly lured the 5-year-old into the sliding door on the passenger side of his the red vehicle with tinted windows. He drove away, leaving Dulce’s 3-year-old brother crying and pointing to the area where she had been. Their mother was approximately 30 yards away in her car helping her 8-year-old sister with her homework.

The man who kidnapped Dulce was described as between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and no facial hair. 

Authorities released a police sketch of a man they want to speak with. He is not a suspect. He is believed to be between 30 and 35 years old. He was described as wearing a white t-shirt, white baseball cap, and blue jeans.

‘He is simply a possible witness we want to speak with at this time,’ said Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae in a press release. 

Police release the 9-1-1 call placed by Dulce’s mother.

“Um, I can’t find my daughter,” said Noema Alavez Perez, Dulce’s mother, in a released 9-1-1 call. “We were there at the park … and people say that somebody … probably somebody took her.”

Noema said she found her son crying but could not find Dulce. People told the mother the little girl had been taken. 

“Me and my sister we came down, but when we got here, at the park, she wasn’t here,” she said. “They said somebody threw his ice cream on the floor and my daughter just ran away.” 

After receiving the call and a report that a man had led Dulce into the red van, police issued an amber alert. 

Police searches fail to find the missing girl.

Following Dulce’s disappearance, police began a search accompanied by K-9 units to comb Bridgeton Park. New Jersey State Police flew a helicopter overhead, while several boats surveyed a nearby canal.

Dulce was least seen wearing a yellow shirt, white sandals, and checkered pants. She has long black hair that was tied in a ponytail. CCTV footage showed Dulce buying ice cream with her mother, brother, and the mother’s little sister. According to the Dailymail, investigators suggested to Noema that a family member could have played a role in Dulce’s kidnapping. Noema and her mother vehemently deny the assertion.

Anyone with information should call the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at 609-882-2000, ext. 2554, or the Bridgeton police at 856-451-0033. Tips can also be phoned into: 1-800-CALL-FBI (select option 4, then select option 8).

Anonymous tips may also be sent by text to TIP411 with “Bridgeton” in the message line.

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‘Size Fits All Tags’ And ‘Great Clickbait’— People Name The Worst Things That Are Legal

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‘Size Fits All Tags’ And ‘Great Clickbait’— People Name The Worst Things That Are Legal

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The world is plagued with some crazy and unfair laws, no doubt about it. But what about the things that exist and legal? Why are, for instance, spam callers allowed to trick you by calling from similar numbers to yours? Or, why is it impossible to criminally convict your roommate from keeping you up all night or dipping into your ice-cream and lie about it?

Users on Reddit are asking similar questions and the answers are pretty hilarious but also intriguing.

“I’m just gonna have to say little girl’s beauty pageants. It just doesnt sit right with me. And not only because of the fact it’s creepy, but I feel like it’s stressful on the kid and on their body image.” –kitty-cult

“College book prices and practices. Change a few words in a math book, that’ll be another $100 please. Oh you realized that you can use the book from 10 years ago and succeed? Actually we require you get the new book. Oh you realized you can get the book cheaper from a friend? Actually we’re doing online books now and you need the personalized code. We change it every year even though there have been no breakthroughs in this subject! Knowing the college struggle i have no fucking clue how this is allowed to exist. It should literally be illegal.” –WitlessMean

“Puppy mills.” –thechronicwinter

“Sending letters to home owners labeled ‘IMPORTANT MORTGAGE / FINANCIAL INFO’ or ‘LAST WARNING / NOTICE’ and having the inside look exactly like a bill, letterhead and little box in the corner with figures inside… all to then say ‘refinance with us’ or ‘don’t miss this opportunity for etc etc’ Makes me heart skip every time thinking I’ve forgotten some critical bill until I open it.”- IDUU

“The fact car radio commercials are allowed to have police sirens or car crashes in them as a way to Get your attention.”- jagfanjosh3252

“The size of the ‘x’ button on pop-up ads.” –_Denes_

“Socks: ‘Fits size 6-12.'” –klitorisaurus

“Spice/K2/Synthetic Weed. This may have changed in the last few years but I found it embarrassing that our country locks up thousands for actual marijuana but allowed that shit to be sold at every gas station and liquor store knowing damn good and well that it was hurting and killing people.”-m0ndayisb0ng0day

“You can look up where any one lives because it’s public record. But can we please not have entire websites with data bases full of every person in the country?? I mean think about people who get denied restraining orders and try to move away from their abuser. Six months later and their abuser can just look up their name and find them all over again. This could be detrimental for spouse abuse victims, stalking victims, etc. something should be done about them. It’s terrifying.” –21DrunkPilots

“Lying through your teeth on “news” shows because you claim you’re actually “entertainment”. Even while it has “news” in the title of the station. Being able to lie through your teeth on an opinion show just bc it’s an opinion show. Opinions should be opinions about facts. Opinion should not be an excuse for slander or making knowingly false statements in the media.” –jseego

“No-knock warrants. We’ve seen time and time again where Law Enforcement has the wrong address and some innocent person ends up dead because of a logistical mistake.” –Mr-and-Mrs

“Impossibly hard to cancel subscriptions.” –ungFu-omega-warrior

“Putting unrelated crap into bills to sneak it into law. I know they’re supposed to follow some kind rules related to germaneness, but they clearly don’t, and clearly need actual laws with actual punishments for pulling this crap.” –Gr1pp717

“Multi level Marketing.” –whyykai

“Civil Asset Seizure by Police – No Crimes Needed!”- vegetarianrobots

“The troubled teen industry. Parents pay a company to kidnap kids while they’re sleeping and send them off to ‘therapeutic’ boarding schools where they are abused in every conceivable way.”- MyDongIsAWiFiHotspot

“Sweatshop labor outsourced by tech and Fortune 500 companies. It’s essentially contemporary slavery we collectively allow.”- crumpledForeskin

“Being penalized for calling out sick from work. Edit. Even while the whole world is trying to survive this pandemic, we’re still dealing with this major issue by employers. I work in health care, and I feel like I get shamed by my managers and coworkers when you call out. Especially when you work night shift.” –pongomer

“I (f) bought a car recently. During the process of negotiation I decided I wanted to do more research and the salesman refused to give me the keys to MY car so I could leave. Literally saw me looking for my keys and withheld them while repeatedly saying, ‘But what could I do to get you into this car today?’ I finally demanded my keys but bought the car anyway (they met my asking price and got me the financing I wanted) but I’m SO mad at myself for not making a scene. For allowing that man to hold me hostage and not being outraged. I don’t understand why I didn’t humiliate him and instead meekly just sat and took it. I called the manager the next day. But still. So disappointed in myself…” – UncomonShaman

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Story Of NYC Lawyer Who Went To Prison For Blinding His Girlfriend Then Married Her After His Sentence Resurfaces Again

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Story Of NYC Lawyer Who Went To Prison For Blinding His Girlfriend Then Married Her After His Sentence Resurfaces Again

Crazy Love / Dan Klores

Burt Pugach gained national attention in the 1950s after he was sent to prison for blinding his girlfriend with lye after she broke up with him. Fourteen years later, the New York City lawyer wrangled in headlines once again when it was revealed that after all of this, he persuaded his victim, Linda Riss, to marry him.

Now, almost 46 years after their marriage, Pugach’s story is headlining websites again. This time, as a result of his death, which occurred on Christmas Eve, and triggered another bizarre tale.

The 93-year-old lawyer made naional headlines for the first time in 1959 when he was 31 years old and cheating on his wife.

In 1959 Pugach was a New York-based lawyer who began a courtship with Linda Riss who was 21-years-old and from the East Bronx. When Riss learned that Pugach was married and had a daughter, she broke off their relationship. Enraged, Pugach threatened to kill or hurt Riss saying “If I can’t have you, no one else will have you, and when I get through with you no one else will want you.”

Riss reported the threat to the New York Police Department but did not receive help. When she became engaged to another man she was violated by Pugach who hired three assailants to attack her. The attackers threw lye in Riss’s face, leaving her blind in one eye, almost blind in the other, and forever scarred.

Bizarrely, in 1974, after spending 14 years in prison for the crime, Pugach and Riss resumed their relationship and married. In 1976 they even co-wrote a book, A Very Different Love Story. This story gets weirder (and it doesn’t end here): in 1997, Linda supported Pugarch and appeared at a trial as a character witness for him when he was accused of threatening another woman with whom he had an affair.

Linda died of heart failure on January 22, 2013, and in 2007 their story was produced into a documentary called Crazy Love which was directed by Dan Klores.

Now, years later, Pugach is in the news after he died and it was revealed that he left his $15 million estate to a female caregiver.

According to Daily Mail, “the funds have been frozen by a judge after friends and former colleagues accused Shamin ‘Sheila’ Frawley of coercing Pugach into changing his will after he suffered a stroke.”

Court documents obtained by Daily Mail alleged that Frawley, 52, withheld food and medicine from him until he died. “Pugach revised his will at least five times after Linda succumbed to heart failure in 2013, gifting differing amounts to friends, but always leaving the bulk of the money to a foundation for the visually impaired set up in his late wife’s honor.”

Peter S. Thomas, the foundation’s attorney noted that ‘Burt lived his entire life for Linda. I cannot imagine that under any circumstances, as incapacitated as he was, that he would even think to cut out the foundation.”

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