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Girl in Recent Amber Alert Found

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/7/14 @ 10:50 p.m.
BALTIMORE, Md. (WSAZ) -- A nationwide Amber Alert for an 11-year-old girl has been canceled.

Police said on Friday that Caitlyn Virts and her father, Timothy Virts, have been found.

Caitlyn was reported missing on Thursday after her mother was found dead in their home in Baltimore.

Police have named Timothy Virts as the suspect in the murder of Caitlyn's mother.

Since Timothy Virts has relatives in West Virginia, that Amber Alert could be seen lighting up signs along Interstate 64 and across the state.

No details have been released on where Caitlyn and Timothy Virts were found.

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UPDATE 3/7/14 @ 2:05 p.m.
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) -- Baltimore County Police have a warrant charging the father of a missing girl in the death of the girl's mother.

Police announced Friday that they have obtained a warrant charging Timothy Virts, the girl's father, with murder after discovering 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez' body at her Dundalk home a day earlier.

Their daughter, 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts, was missing along with her father.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost says Caitlyn's twin sister and Cortez' young son, as well as two adults, were living at the home.

She says Timothy Virts had also been staying there for the past several weeks.

Maryland State Police sent an Amber Alert for Caitlyn about 90 minutes after Cortez was found and a second was later issued in West Virginia.

Virts may have relatives in McDowell and Mineral counties in West Virginia.

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ORIGINAL STORY
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) -- Authorities are looking for an 11-year-old girl who is missing after her mother was found dead at a Baltimore County home.

Police say emergency workers called to a Dundalk home Thursday found 36-year-old Bobbie Cortez dead at her home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk, Md.

Homicide detectives investigating the slaying learned that Caitlyn Virts was missing from the home.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Caitlyn, who is believed to be with her father, 38-year-old Timothy Virts. Virts may have relatives in McDowell and Mineral counties in West Virginia.

Police are concerned for Caitlyn's safety because she is not supposed to be with him. She is described as white, 5 feet tall, weighing 80 pounds and may be wearing glasses.

Timothy Virts is described as white, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 280 pounds.

Police say he may be driving a 1999 black Dodge Durango with Maryland plates 5AJ4458.

Baltimore County police have confirmed the following information in Cortez's death:

At 9:13 a.m., police responded to the Dundalk home -- where Cortez lived with Caitlyn, her twin sister and a son -- for a cardiac arrest, where they found Cortez dead in the bedroom. Police have not yet confirmed when Cortez was last seen alive, but they have confirmed she was alive Wednesday.

A person at the home found Cortez dead this morning, but police have not yet confirmed a cause of death.

At roughly the same time, occupants of the home discovered that Caitlyn and Timothy were missing, along with the Dodge Durango. An AMBER Alert was issued at 10:46 a.m. and police are concerned for Caitlyn's safety because she is not supposed to be with her father.

The Durango is registered to 38-year-old Daniel Williams Cortez. Cortez is the victim's husband, police say.

He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on various sex offense charges. Police do not know what, if any, relationship Cortez has with Timothy Virts and this homicide case.

Timothy Virts is a suspect in the abduction of his daughter, Caitlyn. Police want to talk to him about the death of Bobbie Jo Cortez.

The victim's other two children are safe and in the custody of family members.


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