"When our people were talking with her she seemed pretty confused about everything", police Lt. Manuel Cruz Jr. said.
She is thought to be wearing a camo fleece with an orange Remington hat and driving a 2015 Silver Jeep Cherokee with license plate HZC7778.
Roland's mother told KPRC she received a text from her daughter's phone, saying, "hello the owner of this phone Courtney".
Courtney Roland was found close to The Galleria shopping center in western Houston, as indicated by nearby police.
A message left on her phone was not immediately returned. Her phone and other items were inside the vehicle.
The roommate said she was supposed to be meeting up with Roland - but never heard from her. The address where she was found was not provided by police. Roland apparently texted her friend to say a suspicious man was following her at a Walgreens. Roland and her roommate meant to meet up later that day, but she never appeared. Police later said she was found in the area. We are not providing the location where she was found or hospital at this time.
Courtney Roland, a Texas A&M reporter for Rivals.com, was last seen walking alone in a store at the Galleria in Houston around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Her disappearance Saturday after covering a football camp for top athletes prompted family and friends to use social media as a platform to find her, and Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday retweeted a plea to help search for her with the hashtag #HelpFindCourtney. "I am purchasing an iPad".
The Houston Police Department's missing persons bureau can be reached on 832-394-1816.