Authorities aren't saying much at the moment about the condition of 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez but have reported that the Georgia teen has been found, is safe and alive. Clayton County Police confirmed to MyFoxAtlanta Sept. 18 that the teen, who was reportedly forcibly taken from her home in Ellenwood, Ga., early Tuesday morning by two armed men, was alive and had been taken to a local hospital for observation.
Investigators into the kidnapping of Ayvani Hope Perez remain tacit on details surrounding the abduction, revealing no extra details about the teen, the circumstances in which she was found, or anything about her alleged kidnappers.
Police issued sketches of the two men who reportedly broke into the Ellenwood home around 2:15 a.m. (EST) Tuesday morning.
Perez's aunt, Suky Guerero, said that the two men had pried open the back door to enter the house. Maria Magdalena Corral, Ayvani Perez's mother, hid with her children in a closet but was later found by the intruders. When they demanded money and jewelry, Corral told them she had neither. The men allegedly grabbed the teen, who was still dressed in her pajamas, shot and killed the family dog, then fled.
The FBI joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Clayton County Police Department in their search on Wednesday. Checkpoints were set up, witnesses were canvassed, and helicopters filled the air.
Guerero told an ABC affiliate (WSB-TV in Atlanta) that the family was attempting to gather money for a ransom.
Guerero also told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the family was raising ransom money to hopefully effect a release of the teen. The newspaper reportedly confirmed the ransom demand with an anonymous police source.
However, authorities denied that a ransom had been demanded.
Investigators have stated they do not believe there is a connection between family and the suspects. Ayvani Perez and her family just recently moved to Ellenwood, which is about 10 miles southeast of Atlanta.
At present, it is still unclear whether or not a ransom was ever demanded or if the family was simply working on the supposition that the kidnappers might make a demand.
A press conference is expected later Wednesday with further details regarding Ayvani Hope Perez and the ongoing investigation.
According to the Henry Daily Herald, Ayvani Perez's mother was arrested in 2012 along with four men on drug trafficking charges when authorities found an estimated $300,000 worth of marijuana in a Stockbridge, Ga., home. Charges against her were dropped shortly after the arrest, however, WXIA in Atlanta reported.
Ayvani Perez's father, Alberto, flew in from Dallas, Texas, Tuesday morning to be with his ex-wife. Suky Guerero, his sister, said he was "devastated" by the news of his daughter's abduction.
“My brother doesn’t have a clue," she told the Journal-Constitution. "He doesn’t have any money like that.”