From the center of Aberdeen to the police department, we found no flyers that showcase the man who police say abducted the rock of the Ripken family.
"I've been to 7-11, the police station, Wal-Mart, Wawa, I haven't seen any," said Kent Apple, who lives in Aberdeen. "I think there would be flyers because maybe some people don't watch TV.”
Vi Ripken, 74, was taken at gunpoint from her Aberdeen home Tuesday, July 24, and driven around in her Lincoln Town Car. On Friday, her son and the man we know as the Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop went public for the first time.
Cal Ripken, Jr. fought back tears as he remembered the first call.
"It was about 9 o'clock at night. My sister called me and said that there had been a report that the car with my mom's tags on it was reported and that a woman was tied up in the backseat of the car and they wanted to know if we knew where mom was," said Cal Ripken, Jr.
Feeling like he was doing something, Ripken got in the car. His mom was safely returned 9 hours later close to her home.
A surveillance picture and video have been released. The location was kept quiet until Friday. Investigators now identify the store as Wal-Mart on Ordnance Rd. in Glen Burnie.
Five automated billboards around Baltimore are advertising the suspect's image. Vi Ripken's neighbors say they have around-the-clock patrols.
"…especially early in the morning when I'm going to work. I've actually seen some bicycle cops patrolling the areas, just more than usual," said Chris Kingsley, a neighbor.
But the home where Cal Ripken, Jr. grew up is empty. Ripken says his mom has not returned following the traumatic experience that shook the entire family.
"I struggle with why. I want to know why," said Ripken.
Along with the surveillance video, detectives have some evidence from the vehicle to go on.
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