Kidnapped Ga. girl safe at home; police say mom, 1 suspect linked
ELLENWOOD, Ga. — Even as joy and relief greeted the homecoming of kidnapping victim Ayvani Perez, authorities acknowledged that one of the suspects arrested Wednesday had been arrested last year on drug charges with the girl’s mother.
The fact that the girl’s mother knew one of the suspects seems to conflict with the theory authorities initially presented about the abduction: that it was a random crime and that the victims did not know the criminals.
At the same time, authorities, noting that the investigation continues, offered no answers as to the motive behind the crime.
Police arrested two men in connection with the 14-year-old’s abduction, but neither was among the two depicted in police sketches of the intruders, so at least two more suspects remain at large.
Ayvani was not injured during the 34-hour ordeal, authorities said, and she has returned to her home in the Ellenwood area of Clayton County.
“She’s back. She looks very nice, very relaxed,” said neighbor Lucille Howard.
A source familiar with the investigation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that authorities tracked signals off cellphone towers to help locate the suspects and victim. Ayvani was found at a residence in Conyers, Ga.
Arrested were Wildrego Jackson, 29, of Atlanta, who faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, 40, a Mexican national who is being held on federal immigration charges.
In 2012, Ayvani’s mother, Maria Corral, was arrested with Contreras-Rodriguez in a major marijuana trafficking bust in McDonough, Ga., in which 500 pounds was seized.
Corral was never indicted in the drug trafficking case and the charge against her was dismissed shortly after she was arrested with the four men.