Houston Police confirmed that a Texas college football reporter who vanished over the weekend has been found near the Galleria shopping mall Monday morning and seemed to be unharmed.
29-year-old Courtney Roland was reported to be missing by Houston Police Department. Her Jeep, with her cell phone and other personal belongings inside, was found near the mall. Her purse that contained a computer, an iPad and credit cards was found in the mall. According to the local NBC news, she had texted her roommate saying that she was being followed from a Walgreens store by a suspicious man in a blue truck. Roland’s mother told KPRC that later in the evening she received a text message from her daughter saying, “hello the owner of this phone Courtney. I am buying an iPad”.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott urged everyone on social media to help find the missing journalist, using the hashtag #HelpFindCourtney.
Roland was last seen Sunday evening looking around in a store in the mall. According to a Houston Police tweet, a stranger noticed Roland under a bridge at 610 West Loop in Richmond early Monday morning and called the police. Responding officers who arrived on the scene confirmed the woman was Roland and accompanied her to the local hospital for evaluation. The police said that she appeared unharmed.
The police later released a statement, informing the public that Roland had a reaction to a medication. It caused the woman to get confused and disoriented. According to the statement, Roland suffered a memory loss of the events of the weekend and was searching for her phone while missing.
Roland covers Texas A&M athletics column for Rivals, which is a Yahoo!-owned online publication releasing college sports news. She also worked as an intern for KPRC-TV.