Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother, Violet Ripken, is safe after harrowing abduction
Baltimore County police say the 74-year-old woman was forced from her Aberdeen, Md., home by a gunman who held her captive in her own car for nearly 24 hours.
According to police, Vi Ripken was found with her hands bound in the backseat of her silver Lincoln Continental just after 6 a.m. today (July 25). Cal Ripken, an All-Star shortstop and third baseman, was apparently never contacted by the kidnapper, authorities say, and they are still looking for a motive in the case.
"At this time I can say we know of no ransom demand," Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Trabert told reporters. The suspect reportedly gave no indication that he knew his victim's son is the Major League Baseball icon, also known as Iron Man because he holds the league record for most consecutive games played.
His father, Cal Ripken Sr., who died in 1999, was an MLB coach and manager, who worked for the Baltimore Orioles for 36 years.
"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," the Ripken family said in a statement. "We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly."