Sep 19, 2013

(AJC) -- The 14-year-old Clayton County girl kidnapped from her home early Tuesday morning is back home with her family, and law enforcement officials are holding two men in connection with the abduction, authorities said.

Information released Wednesday afternoon revealed a connection between the teenager’s mother and one of the suspects. They were previously arrested on drug charges together, authorities said.

For nearly 36 hours, state, local and federal officials searched for Ayvani Hope Perez, while family members tried to raise a $10,000 ransom her captors demanded. Tuesday’s early morning abduction, by two men who broke into the family’s Ellenwood home through a back door and demanded money and jewelry, touched off a massive search that ended around noon Wednesday.

“This is a good day for the (Perez) family, and more importantly for Ayvani,” Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “She’s been reunited with her family. She’s in good health.”

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said Ayvani was found “at a residence” in Conyers.

The mother of the kidnapped girl was once arrested with one of the two men who were arrested in the girl’s kidnapping, records show.

Maria Corral was arrested in 2012 with Contreras-Ramirez in a major marijuana trafficking bust in McDonough in which 500 pounds of the drug were seized. A federal official confirmed Wednesday that Contreras-Ramirez was arrested under the name Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez in the kidnapping case.

“It is the same guy,” said Vincent Perez, spokesman for ICE.

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