In this Oct. 6, 2001 file photo, Vi Ripken, mother of Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles, wipes her eye while being escorted by her son after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Cal's final game, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Hall of Fame infielder Cal Ripken Jr. will talk publicly about the abduction of his mother. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Ripken believes gunman’s act was part of a plan.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Cal Ripken Jr. says his family and the police are still searching for answers about the kidnapping of his mother last week, a crime he called "bizarre" and unsettling.
At a news conference Friday in Baltimore, Ripken appealed for the public's help in locating the man responsible for kidnapping his 74-year-old mother, Vi, at gunpoint. Vi Ripken was found unharmed in her car, but Ripken says she remains shaken up and is too traumatized to return home.
The Hall of Fame infielder appeared to choke up as he described a phone call from his sister last week indicating that his mother might be missing. He said it was "a horrible night."