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Missing College Sports Reporter Who Vanished After Telling Friend She Was Being Followed Found Safe
Courtney Roland's mother received a strange text from her phone after went missing.
Courtney Roland, a missing 29-year-old sports reporter for AggieYell.com in Houston, Texas, has been found unharmed. According to CBS News, police tweeted on Monday morning that Roland had been found under an overpass, and she has been taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
Roland vanished on Saturday after texting her roommate that she was being followed by a suspicious man at a Walgreens near her home. Roland was supposed to meet up with her roommate later that day, but never showed, reported CBS News.
According to NBC News, authorities found Roland's white Jeep on Sunday night near the Galleria mall, Houston Police Department said Monday. Her phone and various personal items were inside her car, and her purse was found at a nearby business. The overpass where police located Roland is near the mall, according to CBS News.
Click2Houston reported that Roland had been covering the Texas Team Elite football camp before going missing. The man who had been following Roland allegedly pursued her car in a blue truck all the way back to her home. He then reportedly drove away once she got out of her car.
Roland's mother told Click2Houston she received a text from Courtney's phone the day after she went missing that read, "hello the owner of this phone Courtney. I am buying an iPad."
"If somebody has her, we just want to tell them that we love you too. And I know Courtney would be praying for you because that's the way she was. She cared about other people," said Roland's father.
On social media, a campaign to help locate Roland, named #HelpFindCourtney, quickly spread.
Roland's friend updated a previous Facebook post with the announcement: "Courtney has been found by police and about to be reunited with her family. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Please respect the family during this emotional time."
Police have released no further information at this time.