The abduction of Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother remains a mystery more than a year later. The Major League Baseball Hall of Famer announced on Thursday a $100,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the conviction of the person responsible.
''In some ways maybe this should've happened earlier,'' Ripken said. ''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.''
Ripken's mother, Vi Ripken, was abducted from her home in Aberdeen, Md. on July 24, 2012. She was returned unharmed a day later. At the time, police released pictures and video of the alleged suspect, but no one has yet been arrested in the case. The white man in question is around 5'10" and 180 pounds with short brown hair and glasses.
A police spokesman said on Thursday that the department has received dozens of tips relating to this Ripken abduction. However, cops do not have any new information relating to the kidnapping.
You can watch the video of the Ripken abduction suspect here. If you have a tip for police, you can call 410-265-8080.
The cops thought they had a break in the case last year when Michael Wayne Molitor claimed to know who had abducted Vi Ripken. The prisoner asked for leniency in exchange for the information, and police convinced a judge to let Molitor out of jail on bail. However, cops later said that Molitor's tip was a false alarm.
"When Mr. Molitor passed it along, he thought it was true," insisted Molitor's lawyer, Dave Henninger. "He passed along what he had heard, which is sometimes very good information on the street, and sometimes it's not very good information."
Now, police will have another public figure on their side. John Walsh, the former host of America's Most Wanted, announced on Thursday that he will help with the investigation. Walsh promised that information on the case would be featured on his organization's website and hotline. The host added that the new reward could be enticing for criminals with inside knowledge of the Ripken abduction.
''The average citizen, they're not looking for the rewards,'' Walsh said. ''But in the criminal community, amongst the lowlifes who populate this country, 100 grand is a lot of money.''
Vi Ripken, for her part, is trying to return to normalcy one year after the abduction. The 75-year-old admitted that she did not want to remain in hiding for the rest of her life.
"I felt like if I keep away from things, it's not going to be very fun for me," she said last month. "I just had to face it. I didn't do anything wrong, and I didn't want to be made to feel like I did."