Age-progressed sketch released of man who abducted Cal Ripken’s mother

ABERDEEN, Md. — Police have released a new sketch of the man who in July 2012 abducted Violet “Vi” Ripken,  the mother of famed Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., then quietly returned her unharmed.

DCW’s sister newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, reported at the time that Vi Ripken was missing for 12 hours before her disappearance was reported. She was blindfolded and forced into her Lincoln Town Car at gunpoint, but her kidnapper gave her food, lit her cigarettes, and promised he wouldn’t hurt her as he drove them around Central Maryland.

The Sun reported that the suspect apparently never mentioned her son or ex-husband, both famous for their involvement with the Orioles. And despite the widespread search for her, the suspect was able to drive Vi right up to the street she lived on, park her car and run away on foot.

The suspect was reported to be a white man in his late 30s to early 40s. A more rudimentary, black and white sketch was completed at the time, while the sketch police released Wednesday is far more detailed and age-progressed five years. Along with the sketch, Aberdeen PD said that their department and the Baltimore FBI have both “maintained an active and ongoing criminal investigation” into the case over the last five years.

“Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Divel at 410-272-2121, extension 132,” the APD’s statement concluded.