resident Violet Roberta Ripken is safe at home after she was abducted from her home Tuesday morning, Aberdeen police said.
Asked if the abduction was targeted at , Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick told Patch there was no indication of such Wednesday, and that a motive is still under investigation.
In a statement, Aberdeen police said a man armed with a handgun—described as in his late 30s or early 40s wearing a light colored shirt, camouflage pants and glasses—forced Ripken into her vehicle between 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday. The vehicle fled the area, police said.
Aberdeen police received a call from Baltimore County police around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding a suspicious vehicle in the Ebenezer Road area of Essex.
Ripken, 74, was located at 6:15 a.m. unharmed in her vehicle near her home on Clover Street, police said.
Police said she was not injured and is resting with family members.
Violet Ripken is the widow of Cal Ripken Sr. and the mother of Ellen, Cal, Fred and Bill Ripken.
Anyone with information may contact Aberdeen police at 410-272-2121.
The FBI, Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State police and Baltimore County police are assisting Aberdeen police in the investigation.
In a news release sent at 5:38 a.m. Wednesday, Baltimore County Police initially reported Ripken, of the 400 block of Clover Street in Aberdeen, as missing.
An hour later, police said Ripken had been found in Harford County and was speaking with police.
Stay with Patch for updates.