Courtney Roland went missing after covering a Texas A&M elite football camp in The Heights area of Houston, her family said in social media posts appealing for help in finding her. She will be taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
Her Jeep was found overnight with her phone and other personal items inside, Houston police said in a tweet. The man allegedly followed her home in a blue truck, but drove away when she got out.
Ms Roland failed to meet her roommate for a planned meet-up later in the day, according to local media station KHOU. "I am buying an iPad.'" According to Click2Houston, "Vara also said Roland's vehicle was broken into six weeks ago and she's been on high-alert since".
She was last seen Sunday evening "walking alone in a store in the mall" Sunday evening, police said.
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Investigators later found Roland's Jeep Cherokee parked outside the mall around midnight.
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"If somebody has hers, we just want to tell them we love you too".
Messages left on phones listed for Roland and for her family members were not returned.
Cops called her dad, Steve Roland, from a neighborhood Chick-Fil-A to state they'd discovered the missing 29-year-old writer.
The Houston Police Department's missing persons bureau can be reached on 832-394-1816.
Roland's mother told KPRC she received a text from her daughter's phone, saying, "hello the owner of this phone Courtney".