Cal Ripken Jr. Offers $100,000 Reward for Information on His Mother's Kidnapper

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 1, 2013

First-ballot Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is seeking out the public's help and is offering a sizable monetary reward for information that helps put his mother's kidnapper behind bars. 

CNN's Greg Seaby has the news:

Baltimore Orioles "Iron Man" Cal Ripken Jr. announced a $100,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who kidnapped his mother for a day last year, a case that is still unsolved.

"After talking as a family with members of law enforcement and friends, we decided we would try to reignite interest in the case," the Hall of Fame shortstop told reporters during a news conference at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Ripken stated "closure" and the ability to "move on" as the main reasons behind his recent announcement. As Seaby notes, Violet Ripken, then 74, was taken at gunpoint last July and held captive before she was found, unharmed, in the back of her car a day later. 

There were several leads—stemming from credit card transactions to surveillance camera photos—that helped law enforcement, but they never developed into anything solid. Donations from the Baltimore sports institutions including the Orioles, the Ravens, Under Armour and Ripken Baseball have built the large reward.

The FBI has been on the case since the beginning, but Ripken is using every resource at his disposal, as the investigation has gone cold. John Walsh, former host of America's Most Wanted, is also helping out, while donations from the Orioles, Ravens, Under Armour and Ripken Baseball have helped build the large reward, according to CNN

The 52-year-old Ripken is one of the most iconic players in MLB history. He is best known for playing in an astounding 2,632 consecutive games—a feat that earned him the "Iron Man" moniker—but he is also a 19-time All-Star, two-time MVP and a World Series champion.

After 21 seasons, he ranks 15th all time in hits (3,184), 15th in total bases (5,168), 25th in RBI (1,695) and 43rd in home runs (431).