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College football journalist vanishes after reportedly being followed home

Police are investigating the disappearance of a college football reporter who family and friends say vanished late Saturday after being followed home by a suspicious man.

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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.

The 29-year-old is a sports journalist for AggieYell.com and a former intern at NBC station KPRC.

College football journalist vanishes after reportedly being followed home
College football journalist vanishes after reportedly being followed home

The Houston Police Department confirmed to NBC News early Monday that Roland had been reported missing but referred questions to its public affairs bureau which did not immediately respond.

KPRC reported that Roland texted her roommate about a suspicious man she saw in a Walgreens who followed her to home in a blue truck. It also said that Roland’s mother received a text on Sunday from missing daughter’s phone number saying: “Hello the owner of this phone Courtney. I am buying an iPad.” Neither report could be immediately confirmed by NBC News.

Brian Perroni, a reporter with sports news site 247Sports and who described himself as a family friend, told NBC News that Roland’s car, purse and phone were found in the Galleria mall area Sunday afternoon.

Another friend, Autumn Vara, posted an appeal for help on Facebook.

Roland was last seen at 11:50 p.m. local time Saturday, Vara said.

“The last communication was via text at 12:30 am 1/7/18. She was concerned that she was being followed by a blue truck leaving Walgreens. Last heard wearing Remington hat and camo and in a white Jeep Cherokee.”

The Houston Police Department’s missing persons bureau can be reached on 832-394-1816.

Houston need your help! Courtney Roland was last seen the evening of 1/6 in the Heights. She texted her roommate she was being followed by suspicious man in a blue truck. She was driving a ’15 Silver Jeep Cherokee Plate HZC7778. PLEASE call HPD missing person 832-394-1840 w/ info pic.twitter.com/OvdGIEz4tq

— Dana White (@danawhite) January 8, 2018

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