BY ERIKA BUTLER, firstname.lastname@example.org
6:02 PM EDT, August 2, 2012
Tuesday's release of a composite sketch and a video of the man who kidnapped Vi Ripken last week generated some new tips for police to investigate, as they had hoped.
The Ripken family also is hoping to keep the case at the forefront of people's minds with Cal Ripken Jr.holding a press conference to discuss the case Friday morning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
"It's starting to fade, people are turning their attention away from it," John Maroon, of Maroon PR, which handles public relations for Cal Ripken and his business activities, said Thursday afternoon. "We want to keep it in the forefront and people to be on the lookout for this guy.
"We all, the police, the family, want to make sure everyone knows this isn't over, this guy is still out there, and we need the public's help in finding him," Maroon said.
They're also hoping new billboards put up around Baltimore will spur some action. The five Metro Crime Stoppers boards are on I-95 north of the Fort McHenry tunnel, on Russell Street south of Ostend Street, on Hanover Street north of the Hanover Street bridge, on I-95 south of Russell Street and on I-83 south of Cold Spring Lane.
The release of the video and composite have renewed interest in the case, an Aberdeen Police Department spokesperson said Thursday morning.
"Putting the video out there, we did get more tips," Lt. Fred Budnick said. "Exactly how many is hard to determine, but we did get a few."
Budnick issued a press release later Thursday that indicated about 10 new tips, which were passed onto investigators, had come into the 24/7 tipline: 410-836-5432. Police are still encouraging anyone with information about the kidnapping to call that number.
Other than that, he said, nothing in the investigation has changed.
"There is no new information on the case, it is still a very active investigation," Budnick wrote in the release.
Police are still looking for the man who more than a week ago kidnapped the Ripken family matriarch, and mother of Major LeaguerCal Ripken Jr., and drove her around Maryland for several hours before she was returned to her neighborhood.
Police had received more than 50 tips about the identity of the man, but were hoping to get the video distributed primarily in the Anne Arundel County area, where the kidnapper was seen outside a retail store, though they would not disclose which one.
Ripken's kidnapping is an active, ongoing investigation, and the kidnapper is still on the loose, considered by police to be armed and dangerous.
Cal Ripken's press conference is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. on the sixth floor of the B&O Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The press conference will begin with an update on the investigation from law enforcement and will be followed by a statement from Ripken, who will then take questions from the media.
The former Major Leaguer will serve as his family's spokesperson regarding their mother's kidnapping, according to a news release from Maroon PR.