The FBI's Newark office has issued a stern statement about the case of the missing child from Bridgeton: stop spreading rumors.

In a tweet posted midday Thursday, the FBI asked everyone to stop spreading rumors on social media about 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez, who went missing earlier this week in Bridgeton.

The FBI is one of many law enforcement agencies aiding in the search for the missing child. A statewide AMBER Alert remains in effect as authorities continue the search for Alavez, and her kidnapper, who has been described as a light skin possibly Hispanic male, height 5’6” to 5’8”, thin, build, no facial hair, acne on his face, and wearing orange sneakers, red pants, and a black shirt. The suspect may be driving a red van with a sliding door on the passenger side and tinted windows.

Anyone with information on the missing child is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

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