Reward for missing 5-year-old who vanished from park hits $52K

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CHICAGO (WTHR) — It's been nearly a month since 5-year-old Ducle Maria Alavez disappeared from a New Jersey park.

As New Jersey State Police continue to investigate her diseapparance and search for her, the reward for information that brings her home has reached $52,000.

Dulce María disappeared Sept. 16 from a park as she played with her 3-year-old brother. More than 1,000 tips have come in regarding the case and more than 200 have already been investigated, NBC10 reported.

Police believe a light-skinned, clean-shaven male who appeared to be between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 inches tall with a thin build was the one who took the girl. Police believe he had acne on his face and wore orange sneakers, red pants and a black t-shirt and drove away in a red van.

However, County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae isn't sure the vehicle description is accurate.

"I am not wed to the red vehicle," she told NBC10. "The witness that gave us that information is a child of tender years."

Authorities have talked to the mom's boyfriend and Dulce María's father, who lives in Mexico. They've also reviewed surveillance video from the area but have no leads. The girl's family is also cooperating with investigators, according to NBC10.

Webb-McCrae said she's hopeful because the lack of physical evidence that the girl has been physically harmed indicates she may be alive.