A massive search — and a wave of worry — for missing 5-year-old girl in South Jersey

BRIDGETON, N.J. – during the El Paisano tortilla factory, the reassuring aroma of baking bread can’t mask the dread which has had enveloped this rural river city.

“Everybody’s spooked, ” said owner Ivan Lucero, 32.

When you look at the room of three weeks — since 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez disappeared from the play ground, perhaps taken by a person in a red van — this poor, mostly Latino community of approximately 25,000 individuals has turned somber, unexpectedly a location where moms and dads keep intense view over kids, or perhaps a young ones are munching a burger at McDonald’s or awaiting a college coach at a street part. Lees verder