Kidnapped girl found: Kidnapped Georgia teen Ayvani Hope Perez was found alive. The 14-year-old kidnapped girl’s mother “was arrested in February 2012 on drug charges with one of the men suspected in her daughter's abduction, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to CBS News' Crimesider,” according to a Sept. 18, 2013, CBS News report.
Maria Magdalena Corral, who CBS News reports “has been identified by multiple sources as the mother of Ayvani Perez, was arrested with Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez and three others following a drug raid in Stockbridge, Ga. The five people were arrested on charges of trafficking marijuana,” according to a Feb. 23, 2012, Henry Daily Herald report.
The found kidnapped girl’s mother, Maria Magdalena Corral, was not indicted in the drug-trafficking case.
Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez, has been described by the FBI as a 40-year-old Mexican national and has been identified as one of the suspects in the kidnapping of 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez. “ICE confirmed to Crimesider that Contreras-Rodriguez also goes by Contreras-Ramirez.”
"It is the same guy," said Vincent Picard, a spokesperson for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
After the kidnapped girl was found alive on Wednesday, the FBI said during a news conference that Juan Alberto Contreras-Ramirez, aka Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, is being held on immigration-related charges and the second suspect in the case, 29-year-old Wildrego Jackson of Atlanta, was taken into custody. Two other suspects are still at large but no further details about them have been provided.
“Authorities were tight-lipped about the case, saying that they did not want to jeopardize their efforts to round up other suspects.”
On Tuesday around 2:15 a.m., two men who were described as wearing black clothing and armed with handguns, pried open the back door of the kidnapped girl’s home on Brookgate Drive in the Ellenwood area in Atlanta. The robbers demanded money and jewelry and when they were told there was none, abducted Ayvani and killed the family dog.
“Ayvani's mother had her daughter and her 15-year-old son hiding inside the home at the time of the alleged attempted burglary, but the intruders were able to find them, police said in an earlier statement. The men abducted Ayvani with no explanation, police said,” according to an earlier CBS News report.
“CBS News reported that a cousin of Ayvani said the suspected abductors later demanded a $10,000 ransom for the return of the girl. Law enforcement officials would not confirm that claim.”
On Wednesday, the kidnapped girl was found around noon "at a location in Conyers, Georgia" said Chief Gregory Porter with the Clayton County police. Ayvani was found "in good health" and is being evaluated at a hospital. She has been reunited with her family.
According to an Atlanta News video report, Ayvani Hope Perez was found 25 miles away from her home "walking along Covington Highway in Conyers."
One of the neighbors of the found kidnapped girl said that the teen appeared to be in good spirits, despite her ordeal. "She was smiling. She looked happy to be home. A look of relief was all over her," the neighbor said.
While everyone is grateful that the kidnapped girl has been found safely, authorities are investigating the link between the 14-year-old girl's family and the suspects in her kidnapping, according to an Atlanta News video report.
“The kidnapping happened on a cul-de-sac in Ellenwood, a small community about 10 miles southeast of Atlanta, police said. Stockbridge, where the 2012 drug trafficking arrests occurred, is about 10 miles from Ellenwood.”