This report was first ran in The Baltimore Sun this morning written by Justin George. I take no credit to this article just reposting it. Looks like the Ripken family is trying to have closer to find the person that kidnapped his mom last year.
Hoping to reignite interest in the bizarre kidnapping and mysterious return of his mother, Orioles icon Cal Ripken Jr. announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the man responsible.
"In our minds, this is important, not only for us and our community, but for all communities," Cal Ripken Jr. said. "We would like to get closure on this case and give all of us some peace of mind."
The announcement comes just over a year after Vi Ripken was kidnapped at gunpoint from her Aberdeen home of more than five decades, then driven around in her own Lincoln Town Car. She was released within yards of her house about 24 hours later.
On Thursday, Ripken Jr. wondered openly whether he should have offered the reward sooner, but said he wanted to let investigators do their jobs unimpeded. With the perpetrator still at large, Ripken said his family hopes the reward will get the case back on track.
"This might not be the first time he did it, and we want to make sure it's his last," said Ripken, 52, who repeatedly referred to Vi Ripken as "mom' during a news conference.
The Hall of Fame infielder was joined by law enforcement officials, along with John Walsh, host of the long-running America's Most Wanted television show. Walsh pledged the help of his show's tipline and website and guaranteed anonymity for informants.
Ripken said his "strong willed" mother is adamant about living a normal life — though the experience still traumatizes her.
"She's more cautious, she's more careful. Her decisions are not as easy," he said.
Soon after the incident last July 24, police circulated an image of the baseball-cap wearing man, caught on surveillance footage as he walked through a Glen Burnie Walmart. Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick said his agency received "dozens" of leads but no new information recently.
"We have nothing new on a motive, and it's still an active investigation," Budnick said. "It's a troubling case."
The FBI has made available its databases and crime labs while also publicizing the case on its website, Baltimore field office spokesman agent Richard Wolf said. Local agents are assisting in the case, which he said has also been shared with agents in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia "in case" the suspect was there.
Walsh, 67, said he thinks the kidnapper was a "professional burglar" who stumbled upon Vi Ripken during a break-in. He speculated that the man may be someone who cases homes from city to city, burglarizing a handful and moving on.
Walsh did not have any direct knowledge of the case. His 23-year-old show is currently off-air, though he said he is negotiating a return.
Walsh said he has known Ripken Jr. for years because of their involvements with children's groups and programs that advocate for better checks on coaches and others who work with kids. He said the website of America's Most Wanted will feature the Ripken case prominently beginning Thursday.
While most people would call in tips without a reward, Walsh said, the $100,000 is aimed at encouraging the "criminal element" to "drop a dime on this guy."
Ripken appeared with his sleeves rolled up and a pink tie loosely pulled up to his collar. He was somber and open as he discussed the past year's "difficult emotional ride.
He said he takes more safety precautions but does his best to keep the crime out of his mind.
Last week, in an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Vi Ripken said she is working to strike the right balance between vigilance and fear.
"I didn't want to go and hide," Ripken said during a game at the Aberdeen IronBirds' stadium that bears her family's name. "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 information can call the America's Most Wanted hotline at 1-800-CRIME-TV or the FBI at 410-265-8080.