HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston sports journalist who went missing over the weekend after saying she believed she was being followed by a suspicious man was found, apparently unharmed, beneath a highway overpass and has been taken to a hospital for evaluation, police said Monday.
Police said Courtney Roland, 29, was found near the shopping mall where she was last seen a day earlier. A passer-by who had seen news reports that Roland was missing recognized her along Interstate 610 in west Houston and reached out to authorities, police said.
Latest: After seeing Ms. Roland's case in the news this morning, a passerby called us about 8:15am, stating Ms. Roland was under an overpass at the 610 West Loop at Richmond. Our officers arrived, confirmed it was her and arranged she be checked at an area hospital. #HouNewshttp://t.co/U6xieTLY0U
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 8, 2018
Responding officers found no obvious injuries but arranged for her to be taken to a hospital for evaluation.
Authorities say additional information will be released later Monday.
Family members told KHOU-TV that Roland texted her roommate Saturday to say a suspicious man was following her in a blue truck. Roland and her roommate intended to meet up later that day, but she never appeared.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday retweeted a plea to help find Roland with the hashtag #HelpFindCourtney.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 8, 2018
She was seen Sunday evening walking alone in a store at the Galleria mall. Her Jeep later was found with her phone and other personal items inside. Her purse was found at a nearby business.
Roland covers Texas A&M athletics for Rivals, a Yahoo!-owned online publication focusing on college sports. Her website features videos of her work covering Aggies football and other teams. She has also worked as a model in the Houston area.
A message left on her phone was not immediately returned.