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07/25/12 1:30 PM ET

Vi Ripken found unharmed one day after abduction

Cal Ripken Jr.'s mother is safe a day after she was abducted by an armed man from her home outside Baltimore, police told The Associated Press.

Vi Ripken, 74, was kidnapped between 7-8 a.m. on Tuesday by a man who forced her into her car, according to the report. She was found unharmed nearly a full day later, around 6:15 a.m., in her car near her home in Aberdeen, Md.

The Ripken family released a statement Wednesday, published by multiple outlets: "This has been a very trying time for our family, but we are grateful and relieved that mom is back with us, safe and healthy. We want to thank everyone for their tremendous support, especially all of the law enforcement agencies that worked so hard and quickly. This is [an] ongoing investigation, so we hope everyone understands that we cannot comment further at this time. Thank you."

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.