Police: Ayvani Hope Perez found alive
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This photo provided by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows an undate photo of Ayvani Hope Perez. Robbers broke into a home near Atlanta early Tuesday Sept. 17, 2013, demanding jewelry and money, and when they were told there was none of either in the house, abducted the 14-year-old girl and shot and killed the family dog, police said. She was last seen wearing blue and grey Star Wars pajama bottoms and a grey superhero shirt. (AP Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
This photo provided by The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows an undate photo of Ayvani Hope Perez. Robbers broke into a home near Atlanta early Tuesday Sept. 17, 2013, demanding jewelry and money, and when they were told there was none of either in the house, abducted the 14-year-old girl and shot and killed the family dog, police said. She was last seen wearing blue and grey Star Wars pajama bottoms and a grey superhero shirt. (AP Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
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This image provided by Clayton County Police Department shows a sketch of one of two men suspected of abducing a 14 year old girl during a home invasion in Jonesboro, Ga. Police early Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 were stopping cars and checking them during an all-out search for the girl. The two men pried open a back door of the home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, Clayton County police said. The home invaders demanded money and jewelry, Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen said. When the woman said she didn't have any, one of the men shot and killed the family dog, he said. Police say the men then took 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez, who is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and 93 pounds. She's described as Hispanic, with brown eyes and black hair. She was wearing blue and grey Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue and grey super hero shirt. The girl was last seen being taken from the home in a grey Dodge, police said. (AP Photo/Clayton County Police Department)
This image provided by Clayton County Police Department shows a sketch of one of two men suspected of abducing a 14 year old girl during a home invasion in Jonesboro, Ga. Police early Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 were stopping cars and checking them during an all-out search for the girl. The two men pried open a back door of the home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, Clayton County police said. The home invaders demanded money and jewelry, Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen said. When the woman said she didn't have any, one of the men shot and killed the family dog, he said. Police say the men then took 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez, who is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and 93 pounds. She's described as Hispanic, with brown eyes and black hair. She was wearing blue and grey Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue and grey super hero shirt. The girl was last seen being taken from the home in a grey Dodge, police said. (AP Photo/Clayton County Police Department)
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This image provided by Clayton County Police Department shows a sketch of one of two men suspected of abducing a 14 year old girl during a home invasion in Jonesboro, Ga. Police early Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 were stopping cars and checking them during an all-out search for the girl. The two men pried open a back door of the home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, Clayton County police said. The home invaders demanded money and jewelry, Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen said. When the woman said she didn't have any, one of the men shot and killed the family dog, he said. Police say the men then took 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez, who is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and 93 pounds. She's described as Hispanic, with brown eyes and black hair. She was wearing blue and grey Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue and grey super hero shirt. The girl was last seen being taken from the home in a grey Dodge, police said. (AP Photo/Clayton County Police Department)
This image provided by Clayton County Police Department shows a sketch of one of two men suspected of abducing a 14 year old girl during a home invasion in Jonesboro, Ga. Police early Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 were stopping cars and checking them during an all-out search for the girl. The two men pried open a back door of the home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, Clayton County police said. The home invaders demanded money and jewelry, Clayton County police Officer Phong Nguyen said. When the woman said she didn't have any, one of the men shot and killed the family dog, he said. Police say the men then took 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez, who is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and 93 pounds. She's described as Hispanic, with brown eyes and black hair. She was wearing blue and grey Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue and grey super hero shirt. The girl was last seen being taken from the home in a grey Dodge, police said. (AP Photo/Clayton County Police Department)
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ELLENWOOD, Ga. (AP) — A 14-year-old Georgia girl abducted in a home invasion robbery was found alive on Wednesday after a massive search by multiple law enforcement agencies, and two suspects were in custody, police said.

Ayvani Hope Perez had been taken from her home early Tuesday after authorities said robbers broke in, demanded money and jewelry and were told there was none. Authorities have said the robbery and abduction appeared to be random.

Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter said the girl was found in Conyers and has been reunited with her family.

"She's in good health, she's being evaluated as we speak," Porter said.

He said two suspects were in custody. However, FBI Special Agent Rick Maxwell said those two suspects were not the two men identified in police sketches. Authorities are still looking for tips about those two men identified in the sketches, Maxwell said.

When asked at a news conference whether the suspects in custody knew Ayvani and her family, he said only that "we have not determined the relationship between those people."

The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted Clayton County police in the search.

The two men first identified by authorities, described as wearing black clothing and armed with handguns, pried open a back door of the home in the Ellenwood area around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, demanding the items, authorities said.

The family had moved in about a month ago and apparently didn't know the suspects, authorities said.

Ayvani's mother had her daughter and her 15-year-old son hiding inside the home, but the intruders were able to find them, police said in a statement. The men abducted Ayvani with no explanation, police said.

The crime happened on a cul-de-sac in Ellenwood, a small community about 10 miles southeast of Atlanta, police said. The subdivision of two-story homes is on the northern edge of Clayton County, just south of the DeKalb County line.

On Tuesday evening, more than 150 people gathered in a circle and held hands in prayer at the candlelight vigil at Dutchtown High School in Hampton.



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