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Cal Ripken Jr. spoke at a press conference with Aberdeen police, asking for public input in finding his mother's kidnaper.
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Cal Ripken Jr. spoke at a press conference with Aberdeen police, asking for public input in finding his mother's kidnaper.

Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr. is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect who abducted his 74-year-old mother at gunpoint.

Vi Ripken was found unharmed in her car after being abducted for about 24 hours on July 24 from her home in Aberdeen.

"It's bizarre. Mom was taken at gunpoint from her own house and tied up and driven around. And from what we know and from what I know... we don't know why," says Cal Ripken Jr. "It's bizarre on many levels, and it's unsettling on many levels."

Ripken says his mother is fine, but is too traumatized to return home and has been living elsewhere since the incident.

"I appreciate all the outpouring of love and support for our family," says Ripken. "It's a traumatic situation that she was involved in, traumatic for all of us in the family, and we're trying really hard to come together and support each other."

The evidence found in his mother's garage leads him to believe the incident could have been planned.

"The materials used to bind her were brought there, so there's a lot of evidence that there was some sort of plan, and that it had to be premeditated," says Ripken. "Maybe premeditated is my word.  But there was a plan."

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, 5-foot-6-inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.

Aberdeen police released surveillance footage of the man suspected of abducting Vi Ripken, walking in a retail outlet in Anne Arundel County.

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