HOUSTON — Courtney Roland, the Houston sports reporter who disappeared from the Galleria mall over the weekend, was found safe Monday morning.
Roland appeared to be unharmed and was being taken to Houston Methodist Hospital for an evaluation, the Houston Police Department said. She was spotted around 8:15 a.m. by a passerby who recognized her from a missing persons report on the news.
The caller said Roland was under an overpass near the 610 West Loop and Richmond Avenue. She was at a nearby Chick-fil-a when officers arrived, a family member said. During an afternoon news conference, police said Roland's disappearance my have been caused by a reaction to medication.
Roland is a sideline reporter and commentator for the Rivals website AggieYell.com, which covers various sports at Texas A&M.
Houston journalists, friends and family members took to social media Monday morning to aid police in the search for Roland after she vanished from the Galleria around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. At the time, police said she was alone and walking around a store inside the mall.
Investigators' concerns intensified after Roland's white Jeep was found by officers that night in a parking in the 5000 block of Westheimer Road. The department confirmed the reporter's cell phone and other personal items were inside the vehicle. Meanwhile, her purse was found at a nearby business.
Throughout social media, Roland's peers and colleagues posted about the reporter's disappearance.