BRIDGETON, N.J. – during the El Paisano tortilla factory, the reassuring aroma of baking bread can’t mask the dread that includes enveloped this rural river city.
“Everybody’s spooked, ” said owner Ivan Lucero, 32.
This poor, mostly Latino community of about 25,000 people has turned somber, suddenly a place where parents keep intense watch over their children, whether the kids are munching a burger at McDonald’s or awaiting a school bus at a street corner in the space of three weeks — since 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez disappeared from a playground, possibly taken by a man in a red van.
“Our kids come house from college — ‘Mom, any kind of updates? ’” stated Lucero’s spouse, Esmeralda, 29.
Their Tortilleria el Paisano contributed $5,000 toward an incentive, now at $40,000, for information which could help unlock the secret. Every possibility he gets, Ivan sends their drone to the sky to look woodlands and pond banking institutions.
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