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article imageMLB: Ripken's mom found unharmed after kidnapping

By Owen Weldon     Jul 25, 2012 in Crime
Police say that the mother of Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken was found on Wednesday and she was found safe, just a day after being kidnapped.
Vi Ripken, 74, was abducted right from her home located northeast of Baltimore, according to police.
According to The Star, Vi Ripken was taken from her home sometime between 7AM and 8AM on Tuesday. Police ended up finding her around 6AM on Wednesday and she was not harmed. Police discovered her in a car by her home in Aberdeen, which is about 25 miles away from Baltimore.
According to Huffington Post, it is not known why the kidnapper chose to take Vi Ripken. There was also no ransom being asked for in return for Vi's release, says Henry Trabert, the Police Chief in Aberdeen.
Trabert was asked if investigators think the kidnapper knew who he was taking and Trabert did not answer the question. He also said that investigators are not sure of the suspect's motives or if he knew the Ripken family.
According to Voice Of America, a spokesman for the Ripken family said that this has been a hard time for the family.
This is not the first high-profile kidnapping of a baseball related person. In the past year Wilson Ramos, catcher for the Washington Nationals, was kidnapped from his mother's house over in Venezuela. Security rescued him after he was held for three days. The kidnappers were planning to demand a large ransom in exchange for him.
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