The man who kidnapped Vi Ripken–mother of baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.–last summer is still being sought by police, who have released surveillance video in the hopes of finding anyone who might have information.
The suspect took Ripken at gunpoint from her Aberdeen, Maryland home last July and held her captive for 24 hours, driving her around in her own car for hours before returning her unharmed to her home. Somehow, he was able to get her home and then take off without being spotted by the officers who were already looking for him.
Now, the Ripken family has upped the reward for info on the abductor to $100,000 in the hopes that someone will come forward.
“Something like this changes all of our lives. You think about things a little differently than you did before. No one prepares you for these sort of moments,” Cal Ripken Jr. said. “We would like to get closure on this case and give all of us peace of mind.”
Indeed, Vi Ripken says the incident changed her, but that she didn’t want to give in to her fear.
“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.”
Anyone with any information about the suspect is encouraged to call America’s Most Wanted hotline at 1-800-CRIME-TV or the FBI at 410-265-8080.