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Abducted Clayton Co. teen found, reunited with family

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Media camped out in the Clayton County subdivision where Ayvani was abducted Media camped out in the Clayton County subdivision where Ayvani was abducted
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Sketches of the 2 suspects provided by Clayton Co. Police Dept.; they are not in custody Sketches of the 2 suspects provided by Clayton Co. Police Dept.; they are not in custody
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -

A teenager kidnapped from her home at gunpoint in the middle of the night has been reunited with her family.

Ayvani Hope Perez, 14, was found around noon at a location in Conyers, Ga., according to Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter. The details regarding how she was found have yet to be released.

"She was recovered at a location in Conyers, Ga. The investigation is still active," the chief said. He added that she has been reunited with her family and is being evaluated.

Authorities said she was taken from her home on Brookgate Drive in Ellenwood around 2 a.m. Sunday.  Police said the teen was abducted and the family dog was shot after her mother didn't have any money to turn over to the suspects.

For more than 34 hours, more than 150 federal, state and local officers searched for the teen and her abductors.

Porter said Ayvani has been in the metro area since her abduction.

Authorities said that two men -- 40-year-old Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, a Mexican national, and 29-year-old Wildrego Jackson, of Atlanta -- were taken into custody.

"We're currently looking for others," Porter said.

Authorities clarified that the two men in custody are not the suspects shown in the sketches provided by Clayton County police Tuesday afternoon.

Porter would not comment on reports that a ransom note had been sent to Perez's family.

Balloons welcomed Perez back to her home as relief and joy blanketed the neighborhood.

"She's back. She looks very nice, she's very relaxed. She's a sweet girl," said Lucille Howart.

Howart said she got to spend a few minutes with Perez.

"She was smiling. She looked very happy to be back home," said Howart.  "A look of relief was all over her."

Neighbors were glad to see the terrifying ordeal end.

"We were praying as a community for her safe return and I'm just so excited about that," said Shanell Clayburn.

 
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