Former Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. announced a $100,000 reward Thursday for information that helps lead to the capture and conviction of the person who abducted his mother a year ago.
Vi Ripken was taken against her will from her Aberdeen home at gunpoint on July 24, 2012, and returned unharmed 24 hours later.
The former Orioles shortstop said he hoped the reward would re-energize his mother’s unsolved case according to USA Today.
“I think in some ways maybe this should’ve happened earlier,” Ripken said of the reward offered on behalf of his company, Ripken Baseball, and the Ripken family. “I think in the beginning … we were all hopeful that (an arrest) would happen pretty quickly and we were all encouraged. But, you know, it is what it is.”
Former “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh joined Ripken at the announcement, pledging his help.