Just over a year ago, the mother of Cal Ripken Jr. was the victim of a bizarre abduction that ended, happily, with Vi Ripken’ being returned unharmed to her family.
But because there’s been no movement in the case, Ripken announced in a press conference today that the family is offering a $100,000 reward for information related to the crime.
“Something like this changes all our lives,” Ripken said of his mother’s abduction, adding his thanks to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, Orioles owner Peter Angelos and UnderArmour’s Kevin Plank for contributing “to help reignite this case.”
On July 25, 2012, Vi Ripken was taken from her Aberdeen, Md., home at gunpoint by an unidentified man who drove her around in her Lincoln Town Car for hours before abandoning the car, with Vi Ripken in it, in her neighborhood. Although an image of the abductor was taken from surveillance cameras and widely circulated, he remains at large.
Vi, 75, told the Baltimore Sun recently that she has tried not to let the incident change her. “I didn’t want to go and hide,” she said. “I felt like if I keep away from things, it’s not going to be very fun for me. I just had to face it.”
Aberdeen police, FBI and John Walsh, the former host of “America’s Most Wanted,” were with Ripken today. Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-CRIMETV or the FBI at 410-265-8080. The Ripken family originally offered a $2,000 reward for information.