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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 07/25/2012

Mother of Cal Ripken Jr. unharmed after abduction (updated)


Cal Ripken Jr. (right) and his brother Billy escorted their mother Vi off the field after she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Aberdeen IronBirds’ first game in Ripken Stadium in 2002. (ROBERTO BOREA / AP)
Updated at 12:11 p.m.

Violet Ripken, the 74-year-old mother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Billy Ripken, was unharmed and back with her family after being abducted at gunpoint Tuesday.

Ripken, known as Vi, was taken from her Aberdeen, Md., home between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday by a man who pulled a handgun and forced her into her 1998 Lincoln Town Car. Aberdeen police said they became involved about 8:30 p.m. when Baltimore County police received a call about a suspicious car on Ebenezer Road. in Whitemarsh, just east of I-95.

“Information that was obtained at this call led to the investigation of Mrs. Ripken’s whereabouts,”Aberdeen police said in a statement. Police declined to elaborate on details of the call. Ripken was found about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday morning in her car, not far from her home.

“As you now know, our mother was abducted at gunpoint from her home yesterday morning,” the Ripken family said in a statement. “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. This is an ongoing investigation, so we hope everyone understands that we cannot comment further at this time. Thank you.”

Police are seeking a white man in his late 30s-to-early 40s who was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt, camouflage pants and glasses.

The FBI, the Harford County Sheriff’s Department, Maryland State Police and Baltimore County police are investigating the abduction.

Staff writer Peter Hermann contributed to this report.

Original post filed at 9:19 a.m.

The 74-year-old mother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and Billy Ripken has been found and is undergoing evaluation after being reported missing Tuesday.

Violet Roberta Ripken, known as Vi, was speaking with Baltimore County police this morning after she was found in Harford County, Md., where she lives, at about 6:35 a.m., police spokesperson Cathleen E. Batton told WNST.com.

Baltimore County police say she had been reported missing Tuesday, Md., and had issued a media alert about an hour before she was found Wednesday morning.

An update is expected later today.

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