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Billboards Feature Suspect In Vi Ripken Case

At least two Baltimore-area billboards featured the composite sketch of Violet Ripken's alleged abductor. Police released the sketch Tuesday.

A day after it was released by police, a of the man who allegedly abducted Vi Ripken appeared on billboards in the Baltimore area.

The advertisements—jointly funded by , , Metro Crime Stoppers and the FBI—appeared on revolving billboards along Interstate 95 and Interstate 83.

The billboard, with the black-and-white sketch, read:

"WANTED
For the Abduction of Violet Ripken
Call: (410)-836-5432"

The phone number is a 24-7 hotline dedicated to the case.

Ripken, 74, is the mother of National Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken—a native of . Violet Ripken was taken from her home by a man hiding in her garage between 7 and 8 a.m. on July 24, and returned unharmed to her neighborhood, where she was found tied up in her car around 6:15 a.m. on July 25, police said.

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Sean Welsh August 04, 2012 at 05:24 PM
To clarify a few things I've seen come up in comments: 1. The call to police the night of July 24 reportedly came from a convenience store/gas station from a witness who saw a woman in the back seat. Also, it wasn't reported that Ms. Ripken was driven around for 24 hours, only that she was missing for nearly 24 hours. She was picked up between 7 and 8 a.m. on July 24, and she was found by a neighbor around 6 a.m. on July 25. Conceivably, she could have been returned anywhere between 8:15 p.m. (spotted in Essex) and 6 a.m. (found by a neighbor). 2. The billboards were rotating billboards. On a trip back through Baltimore to the press conference Friday, I noticed the same billboard that previously displayed the suspect sketch in this case was displaying another similar advertisement for another case. The Phylicia Barnes case was mentioned by a commenter in regards to billboards, and billboards were used in her case. 3. The police haven't confirmed the citizen claim of the suspect offering cigarettes to Ms. Ripken. Just wanted to clarify those items. -Sean
Deeg August 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
How do you know that the Ripken family didn't pay for the billboards? I'm sure that the family, just as any family would, is doing all that they can to aid in the investigation no matter the cost to them personally.
Deeg August 04, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I know it says "jointly funded by Aberdeen Police Department, Harford County Sheriff's Office, Metro Crime Stoppers and the FBI", but the family could have made a donation to those funds to offset the cost.
Deeg August 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Why do you "highly doubt" that she was kidnapped?
Jean Johnson August 07, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Everyone on here sounds like an expert. But, suppose it was your mother? Can you even imagine the fear of the mother and the family? I thank God that she is unharmed. I pray that the person is caught before he tries to abduct again.

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