Kidnapped girl in Ga. found alive

Sept. 18, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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ELLENWOOD, Ga., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old Georgia girl kidnapped during a home invasion was found alive Wednesday, the FBI said, and two suspects in the abduction were in custody.

Investigators said Ayvani Perez, whose abductors had demanded $10,000 for her return, was dropped off at an undisclosed location in Conyers, Ga., and picked up by police, the FBI said. She appeared to be OK but was being evaluated, and has been reunited with her family CNN reported.

Two suspects were in custody Wednesday and the FBI was looking for more suspects, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported. One of those arrested was identified as Wildrego Jackson while the name of the other was not reported.

Perez was taken Tuesday from her home in Ellenwood, WGCL-TV, Atlanta, reported.

Suky Guerrero, an aunt of the missing girl, said Tuesday family members were trying to collect money to secure Ayvani's release, WSB-TV, Atlanta said. Guerrero said she didn't know the source of the money.

Clayton County police said two men -- apparently strangers to the family -- opened the back door of the home, shot the family dog and demanded money and jewelry. When the mother said she didn't have any money or jewelry, the men took Ayvani and fled in a grey or dark blue car, police said.

Police released sketches of the suspects.

"We've been receiving numerous tips on various hotlines," said Lt. Marc Richards with the Clayton County Police Department.

WSB reported family members said Ayvani's mother had to be taken to a hospital after she fainted several times during the day.

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