This post has been updated.
Houston police announced at a news conference Monday afternoon that they believe Courtney Roland, the Rivals.com Texas A&M reporter who was found safe after being reported missing over the weekend, was confused “because of a reaction to medications that she’d been taking.”
Police announced Monday morning that Roland was found unharmed in the area surrounding the Galleria shopping mall, where she was last seen at 5:40 p.m. Sunday evening. Roland was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital for evaluation. At Monday’s news conference, police said they do not expect any foul play in Roland’s disappearance and “there’s no evidence to indicate she was assaulted at this time.”
Courtney Fischer of ABC 13 in Houston said she got word from Roland’s father that Roland was found safe on Monday morning.
According to Fischer, Roland was seen at a Chick-fil-A restaurant near the mall, with KRPC’s Sofia Ojeda reporting that a worker at the restaurant spotted her after 6 a.m. Monday. Police then announced that they found Roland under a highway overpass near the Chick-fil-A after a passer-by alerted them to her presence at 8:15 a.m. Police later clarified that responding officers found Roland at a Chick-fil-A about 100 yards from the highway overpass where the passer-by spotted her walking.
Police indicated that Roland was still having problems with her memory and they do not know where she spent Sunday night before being spotted along the highway on Monday morning. Police said she did not realize she had been reporting missing and may have lost track of time while searching for her misplaced cellphone.
Fischer said Roland’s family does not yet know anything about the circumstances behind her disappearance.
Roland’s roommate told KPRC that she last heard from her early Sunday morning when she texted about a suspicious man who was following her home from a Walgreens. Driving a blue truck, the man sped off when she got out of her car in the driveway of her home. KPRC also reports that Roland’s mother received a text from her phone saying, “hello the owner of this phone Courtney. I am buying an iPad.”
Houston Police said they located Roland’s Jeep Cherokee just after midnight on Monday morning near the Galleria, west of downtown Houston. Police announced the 29-year-old’s phone was found inside the car, and her purse with an iPad, computer and credit cards were found “at a nearby business.”
According to a resume posted at Roland’s website, she began covering Texas A&M for Rivals.com in 2008, two years before she graduated from the school. She also served as an intern at KPRC and covered high school sports for Fox Sports Southwest.
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