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(ABERDEEN, Md.) — A photo of the man suspected of abducting the mom of baseball hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr. was released on Thursday by Maryland cops.

The photo shows a man walking into what appears to be a store wearing a white button-down shirt and an orange and black baseball cap.  Police describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 5-foot-10 with short brown hair and glasses.

Vi Ripken, 74, was abducted sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday by a man who used a handgun to force her into her 1998 Lincoln Town Car, according to the Aberdeen Police Department.  She was found unharmed in her car on Wednesday near her home, but was “restrained and confined,” according to the Baltimore FBI.

The kidnapper is still on the loose and police believe he is armed “and should be considered to be dangerous.”

Earlier on Thursday, Baltimore FBI spokesman Rich Wolf told ABC News that investigators were searching for a surveillance camera that may have caught the suspect.  He said authorities are looking into surveillance footage and money machines as possible sources of an image of the suspect.

Authorities are also trying to determine whether Ripken’s abduction was related to her famous family.

“That’s exactly what they’re trying to do, find out whether this guy knew who she was before he took her,” Wolf said.  “We think that will be a key to the case.”

Aberdeen police said they “know of no ransom” and Wolf could not say if Ripken’s bank account had been accessed while she was being held by the suspect.

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