Rivals reporter Courtney Roland is missing.

UPDATE [1/8, 10 a.m. ET]: Houston police announced Monday morning that Courtney Roland has been found and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Police did not reveal where Roland was found and the hospital she was taken to, presumably for safety and investigative purposes. Officers reported she appeared unharmed.

Soon after reports of Roland’s disappearance and a missing person’s report was filed, the Houston Police Department asked for information. Approximately four hours later, police provided updates in the investigation.

One hour after posting those updates, Houston police announced that Roland had been found.

As the police department’s tweet states, more information has yet to be revealed. Presumably, that could include whether or not any arrests were made in this case.

[Original story follows]

A reporter for Rivals’ Texas A&M site Aggie Yell was last heard from via text at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, which has prompted the filing of a missing persons report with the Houston Police Department.

The reporter in question is Courtney Roland, who was covering the Texas Team Elite 7-on-7 team tryouts Saturday. She left that camp at 4 p.m., was reportedly seen later that night, and then sent a text at 12:30 a.m. that she was in her car and being followed by a suspicious man.

As of Sunday evening, no one had heard anything further from her, and Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reported that her family had filed a missing persons report with the Houston police. Houston NBC affiliate KPRC has a story with some comments from Roland’s roommate:

Roland’s roommate, Autumn Vara, told KPRC that Roland texted her about a suspicious man she saw in Walgreens who was following her.

Vara said he followed Roland to her home in a blue truck as she was parked in the driveway. Vara said the blue truck looped back around and parked behind her and Roland got out of her car and the truck sped off.

Vara said Roland and her was suppose to meet up, but Vara didn’t hear from her again.

On Sunday, Roland’s mother received a text from her phone saying, “hello the owner of this phone Courtney. I am buying an iPad.”

Vara also said Roland’s vehicle was broken into six weeks ago and she’s been on high-alert since.

Here are some tweets with further details:


That quickly spread through the sports world, with everyone from other college football reporters to NFL columnists to other journalists to UFC president Dana White tweeting appeals to look for Roland:


[KPRC Houston]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.