Ayvani Hope Perez, the abducted Georgia teen, has been found and returned home, but new twists in the story have police interested and keeping quiet about the case.
Two men have been arrested in the kidnapping of the 14-year-old girl and have been identified as Wildrego Jackson of Atlanta and Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Mexican national.
Wildrego Jackson of Atlanta for conspiracy to kidnap, and Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Mexican national who is being held on immigration-related charges.
Reports say that a new connection between one of the suspects and Ayvani’s mother has police acting carefully, and believing that this “random” abduction may not be as random as initially believed.
According to New York Daily News, Ayvani’s mother, Marie Corral, knew Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, and, according to police records, the two were arrested together during a drug raid just south of Atlanta in 2012.
According to CNN, drug agents found 500 pounds of marijuana in the home where the bust took place in 2012 and while the charges of trafficking marijuana against the two were eventually dropped, “the development indicates this week’s kidnapping may not be as random as authorities first thought.”
While police have recognized this connection between Corral and Contreras-Rodriguez, police are still keeping rather quiet about the connection and about other details of the case such as how agents tracked Ayvani to the Conyers home and how Contreras-Rodriguez and Jackson were captured.
While the two original suspects in the kidnapping are still unknown and still thought to be on the run, Jackson is being held on charges of conspiracy to kidnap, and Contreras-Rodriguez is being held on immigration-related charges.
“This is a good day for the Perez family, but more importantly for Ayvani,” Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter said. “She is safe.”
While Ayvani, the abducted Georgia teen, has been found alive and returned home, this new connection between her mother, Corral, and suspect Contreras-Rodriguez is sure to spark further investigations.