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DPS: Woman, daughter abducted in Georgia found safe

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-29 11:46:47-05

SELIGMAN, AZ — A 6-year-old girl and her mother, believed to be in danger after they were abducted by the girl's father in Georgia over the weekend, have been found safe, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

On Tuesday officials believed the two may have been traveling through Arizona after the suspect's vehicle was spotted Monday in Yavapai County.

According to the Department of Public Safety, 6-year-old Rachel Zecena was taken by Alexis R. Zecena-Lopez on Sunday in Cumming, Ga. Zecena-Lopez also reportedly kidnapped Rachel's mother, Balvanera Esperanz Parada-Olivas.

DPS said Zecena-Lopez has a history of aggravated assault with a firearm, and is considered armed and dangerous.

Zecena-Lopez was said to be driving a Ford Focus hatchback with Georgia license plate RVX 9470.

DPS said the car was seen on Interstate 40 near Seligman traveling westbound. It was believed Zecena-Lopez was traveling to California.

Officials haven't said where the two were located and if charges will be filed.