Ayvani Hope Perez, Kidnapped Georgia Girl, Found Alive After Amber Alert

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Ayvani Hope Perez, a 14-year-old Georgia girl kidnapped by two gunmen in a home invasion early Tuesday has been found alive, officials said.

Perez was in good health, officials said, and was being evaluated.

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A nationwide Amber Alert was issued after Ayvani was taken at about 2 a.m. Tuesday by armed men from her family's home in Ellenwood, a suburb of Atlanta.

Two suspects are in custody, Clayton County police chief Gregory Porter said at a news conference Wednesday, but officials are looking for other suspects.

Ayvani was found at a location in Conyers, Ga., "through hardcore law enforcement work," Porter said. He didn't release any more details of where or how.

"What's important is she's safe and she's with family," Porter said.

Conyers is about 25 miles from Ayvani's Ellenwood home.

According to Clayton County police, the two armed men pried open the back door and entered the house. Ayvani's mother hid with her two kids and poodle.

The men found them, and demanded money and jewelry. When Ayvani's mom said she didn't have much cash on her, the gunmen shot the dog and abducted Ayvani.

Her 15-year-old brother wasn't harmed, according to police.

The dog was taken to the vet, but did not survive.

Police said they do not have a motive for the kidnapping. Sketches of two suspects had been released to the public after the break-in at the Perez home.

Interestingly, police said those men were not the two that they had in custody, and were among the other possible suspects they were looking for.

The two suspects who are in custody are currently being held on immigration charges and conspiracy to kidnap, police said. Story developing ...

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