Dulce was seen on surveillance video getting ice cream at a store with Perez, her 3-year-old brother and an 8-year-old relative. Around 4 p.m., they went to Bridgeton City Park, where Dulce played with her brother as Perez was in a car with the other child. At some point, the little brother returned to the car without Dulce and Perez couldn’t find her. Perez, 19, called the police.
Tuesday, Sept. 17:
An Amber Alert is issued as the FBI and Perez described a man — about 5-foot-6 inches tall and wearing orange sneakers, red pants and a black shirt — who police said may have led Dulce from the playground to a red van with a sliding door and tinted windows.
Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Tuesday, Sept. 24:
Family and members of the community organize prayer vigils as reward money for any information leading to the identification or conviction of a suspect grows to $35,000. Federal investigators got in touch with Dulce’s father, who lives in Mexico, and added Dulce to its most-wanted missing persons list, according to WPVI.
Monday, Sept. 30:
Perez speaks out for the first time at a press conference while holding Dulce’s favorite toy.
“She’s just an innocent girl. She’s just 5 years old. She doesn’t know nothing of the world that we know,” Perez said.