Mother of Cal Ripken Jr. was kidnapped for a day

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Cal Ripken Jr. speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.  Ripken Jr. took a message of hope and perseverance to Japanese children effected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The Hall of Fame infielder, who earned the nickname "Iron Man" for playing in 2,632 consecutive games during his 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, put on a baseball clinic in Ofunato, Japan, as part of nine-day mission as a sports diplomat on behalf of the U.S. State Department. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)  Itsuo Inouye
Itsuo Inouye
Cal Ripken Jr. speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Ripken Jr. took a message of hope and perseverance to Japanese children effected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The Hall of Fame infielder, who earned the nickname "Iron Man" for playing in 2,632 consecutive games during his 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, put on a baseball clinic in Ofunato, Japan, as part of nine-day mission as a sports diplomat on behalf of the U.S. State Department. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

ABERDEEN, Md. — A man abducted Cal Ripken Jr.’s 74-year-old mother at gunpoint outside her home near Baltimore and she was found unharmed but shaken a day later in her car, police said Wednesday.

Investigators do not know the kidnapper’s motive and there was no ransom demand for Vi Ripken’s release, Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Trabert said at a news conference Wednesday.

The gunman forced Ripken into her silver Lincoln Continental between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

She was found about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday near her home in Aberdeen, about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, where her son’s Ripken Baseball complex is located.

Police found her after someone called authorities about seeing a suspicious vehicle.

Trabert did not answer when asked if police believe the kidnapper knew who he was abducting,.

“The motive is unknown at this time. The investigators are still out there, this case is still brand new and we are really beginning the investigation,” Trabert said.

Vi Ripken was “obviously upset” but Trabert would not give more details about how she was found. He said the man drove around the area after the kidnapping, but didn’t say if Ripken was in the car with him.

“How we found her and what she was wearing and whether she was bound at the time we pulled her out of the car we are not releasing at this time,” Trabert said.

“The investigators are still talking to her and witnesses to determine exactly what happened and where it happened.”

Vi Ripken described her abductor as a tall, thin white man with glasses wearing camouflage clothing, but police had no other details.

Cal Ripken is the chairman and founder of Ripken Baseball, Inc., which he runs along with his brother, Bill.

He owns three minor-league baseball teams, including the Augusta GreenJackets.


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