Man who abducted Cal Ripken's mother still wanted 1 year later

8:35 AM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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BALTIMORE (WUSA9) -- Wednesday morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it is still looking for information about the abduction of Cal Ripken's mother Violet "Vi" Ripken. The FBI says it has been one year since the legendary former Orioles player's mother was abducted from her home in Maryland.

You may remember that on July 24, 2012, Vi Ripken was taken from her home in Aberdeen and transported in her 1998 silver Lincoln Town Car through areas of Harford and Baltimore counties. The next morning, she was returned, unharmed, to her home.

The man who took her is described as a White male, approximately 5'10", 180 pounds, with short brown hair and glasses. The FBI posted surveillance video (, photos and sketches of the suspect: 



The Hall of Fame infielder said during a press conference in 2012 that Vi Ripken was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home, blindfolded and driven around for nearly 24 hours. She was found unharmed in her car early the next morning.

He said he didn't know why she was targeted. "It's bizarre in many ways," he said.

Investigators said there was no ransom demand, and Vi Ripken said her abductor appeared not to know that she was the mother of the retired Baltimore Oriole who owns baseball's record for most consecutive games played. 

The FBI is once again asking people who may have any information to call the Baltimore Office of the FBI at (410) 265-8080, their local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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