Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom found safe after being abducted, police say
Cal Ripken Jr. is seen with his mother Vi in October 2011.
July 25th, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom found safe after being abducted, police say

Cal Ripken's mother, who was abducted from her Maryland home Tuesday morning, has been found unharmed, police said Wednesday.

A man with a gun showed up at Vi Ripken's home between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, police in Aberdeen, Maryland, said in a statement. The man forced her into a vehicle and drove off, the statement said. She was found unharmed about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday in a vehicle near her home.

The Aberdeen Police Department said they were looking for a white male in his late 30s to early 40s seen wearing a light-colored shirt, camouflage pants and eyeglasses.

In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WBAL, the Ripken family said that "this has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back with us, safe and healthy."

"We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly," the family said. "This is on ongoing investigation, so we hope everyone understands that we cannot comment further at this time. Thank you.”

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  1. Troy

    good thing she didn't end up barryed

    July 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Southern mom

    When they catch him, just turn him over to Cal to do some batting practice on his head.

    July 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean Tippett

      Sounds fair to me. Let al the Orioles line up for some batting practice. The fact that he left her car on her street and walked away suggests that he might be a neighbor or at least someone familiar with the area. Police need to look at all the young men in the area, any with a Ripken grudge. Did someone get kicked off a little league team thirty years ago or something?

      July 28, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    I wish she coulda surprised them despite her age and pulled some hi-yah Karate move and gave them a beat down. Poor old lady. With all due respect, that guys lucky she didn't have a heart attack from being so scared.

    July 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      A Ninja Grandma?
      That would be a sight.
      I have no respect on those who would pick on our elderly...for whatever reasons.
      And to kidnap this lady?
      Shame, shame...I am so glad she was found safe!

      July 25, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maggiemae

    That is cruel and completely unnecessary. Not funny at all. As people age sometimes their dignity is all they have left. The lady has been through a very scary ordeal and u make insulting jokes? Wish I could meet u when u become a senior and see how funny u think this is. What an insensitive bo ob.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
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