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Mother of Cal Ripken Jr. Now Safe After Being Abducted at Gunpoint

6 Oct 2001:  Cal Ripken #8 of the Baltimore Orioles escorts his mother Vi Ripken across the field as he his honored prior to his 3001st and final game as the Orioles host the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. <<<DIGITAL IMAGE>> Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger/ALLSPORT
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Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2012

Violet Ripken, the mother of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., has been found and is back with her family after being taken from her home at gunpoint on Tuesday night, according to Channel 9 News Now in Washington, D.C.

BREAKING: Vi Ripken, Cal's Mother, is safe and with her family after being abducted from her residence yesterday morning, police said.

— wusa9 (@wusa9) July 25, 2012

According to Cindy Boren of The Washington Post, Ripken was found about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday morning in her car, not far from her home. After being examined by medical personnel, she was resting with her family. Ripken's abductor used a handgun to take her from her home and force her into her vehicle.

Police are searching for a white man in his late 30s to early 40s who was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt, camouflage pants and glasses.

The Ripken family has released a statement:

As you now know, our mother was abducted at gunpoint from her home yesterday morning. 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.

While the investigation will continue, the best news is that Violet Ripken is OK and has been reunited with her family.

We will keep you updated on the situation as more information becomes available.

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