The kidnapped Georgia girl has been found alive and safe. On Sept. 18, FOX News reported that 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez was found and two men are in custody following a frightening ordeal. According to police, two men broke into the Perez home and demanded jewelry and cash. When the family couldn't come up with enough, the men decided to abduct Ayvani and they shot their family's dog for good measure before taking off.
As previously reported, Ayvani's abductor's made some ridiculous claims, setting a ransom at $100,000 earlier in the day. Thankfully, the men didn't harm the teen who must have been beyond scared.
The kidnapped girl was found in Conyers, Georgia and taken to a local hospital to be checked out. Now authorities are working to find answers about this family and why they might have been targeted. While many think that this was just a random act, others believe the family was sought. Ayvani's mother, Maria Magdalena Corral, you see, was arrested in 2012 on drug trafficking charges. She was never formally charged, however.
"We have not determined the relationship between these individuals at this time," Rick Maxwell, the FBI Atlanta Field Office's special agent in charge told reporters according to FOX News. Also interesting to note? The two men arrested in connection to this case were not the two men in the sketches that police released previously.
The kidnapped girl found is okay which is the most important thing. More answers are expected, however, as authorities work diligently to figure all of this out.
© Effie Orfanides 2013