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Houston Police Find Missing Reporter Under A Bridge

A bad reaction to a prescription drug may have been responsible for the 36-hour disappearance of a sports reporter in Texas.

The Daily Mail explained that a disoriented Courtney Roland was discovered beneath a highway overpass, a day and a half after she had been reported missing. Just before she vanished, the 29-year-old journalist sent an ominous text message to her roommate.

The reporter said a “suspicious man” in a blue truck had begun following her 2015 Jeep Cherokee after she drove away from a Walgreens store. She wrote that she was scared.

The Houston Police Department told KHOU 11 News that they could not confirm whether anyone was pursuing Roland, and that they had no reason to think there had been any foul play.

The roommate, Autumn Vara, wrote on Facebook that one of the last times anyone saw Roland was at 4 p.m. Saturday. The reporter, who was covering the Texas A&M Rivals for AggieYell.com, was spotted leaving the football team’s training camp.

Later, police tweeted: “Information obtained in our investigation thus far indicates Ms. Roland was last seen about 5:40 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 7) walking alone in a store in the mall.”

ABC News reported that someone at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Houston told police that she had been there. Soon thereafter, another witness said the reporter was under the overpass, across the street from the Chick-Fil-A.

“After seeing Ms. Roland’s case in the news this morning, a passerby called us about 8:15 a.m., stating Ms. Roland was under an overpass at the 610 West Loop at Richmond,” the Police Department tweeted. “Our officers arrived, confirmed it was her and arranged she be checked at an area hospital.”

Roland seemed confused, as she was searching for her phone, according to officers. They said they found the phone in her vehicle, which had been abandoned outside the shopping center.

Authorities also located Roland’s purse, which contained an iPad, computer and credit cards.

One of the reporter’s friends, Brian Perroni, told his Twitter followers: “Thank Jesus. Courtney Roland has been found by the Houston police."

"Thank you to everybody for your prayers and please respect the family at this time.” Perroni added the hashtag #HelpFindCourtney.

The incident remains a mystery, despite law-enforcement officials’ theory about her medication. According to Perroni, it was “very out of character” for the woman to just vanish without contacting anyone.

Vara recalled that she became concerned when Roland did not show up for a meeting of friends on Saturday. The reporter’s parents, Steve and Cindy, appeared on KHOU to reach out to their missing daughter.

“We love you,” they said.

“Your friends love you. Come home.”

The news station explained that Roland is an online journalist who covers college recruiting news, as well as the Aggies sports teams.

Police detailed the sequence of events. “Roland was last heard from, through texts to her family, at 1 a.m. Sunday,” they wrote.

“Her phone went dead shortly after. She was seen in the Galleria (mall) and nearby parking lots around 2 p.m. Sunday."

"She was reportedly seen at a Walgreens in the Heights between 11 p.m. and midnight. Police found her car at 12:30 a.m. Monday at the Galleria, Roland was found at 8:15 a.m. Monday.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: MailOnline, Google Maps

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