BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Some cold cases are hard to forget. Five years ago, Vi Ripken, matriarch of the Ripken baseball dynasty, was abducted.
Now, there’s a new clue in the case.
Aberdeen Police and the Baltimore FBI say they have maintained an active criminal investigation since July 24, 2012 — the day Vi was taken from her home and forced at gunpoint into her own car.
Once in the car, the suspect drove her around for 23 hours.
He was captured on surveillance video using her credit cars. A sketch was released. A reward was offered. Yet, no arrests were made.
Two years ago, Cal told WJZ: “Mom is forever affected. There’s no doubt about it. And we’re forever affected as a result of that. And it’s a little unsettling. He’s still out there.”
But today’s new development could help. One of the nation’s top age progression artists has created a new image of what the suspect would look like today.
So what’s changed in five years? Social media. Police and the FBI hope this image goes viral, and that someone somewhere recognizes the man who terrorized Vi.
“We have a suspect, we want this person caught,” says Aberdeen Police Lt. William Reiber. “And quite frankly, this was a case where you had an elderly woman — regardless of what her last name was — that a person went into her garage, abducted her, held her for 23 hours. This is a person who needs to face justice for their actions.”
Over the years, police and the FBI have spent up to 1,000 hours investigating this case. They have received numerous leads from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Washington state.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact police at 410-272-2121.