11-year-old Md. girl found, Amber alert cancelled

DUNDALK, Md. (WUSA9) - Law enforcement officials said an 11-year-old girl who was reported missing after her mother was found dead at a Baltimore County home, has been located.

The 11-year-old girl and her father who was suspected of abducting the child, Timothy Howard Virts were both located in a Motel in Florence, South Carolina. Timothy Virts is now in police custody.

Officials say Caitlyn appears to be unharmed. Officials believe that they were located to the expanded Amber alert.

Caitlyn will be returned home as soon as possible, officials said.

Police say emergency workers were called to a Dundalk home on Thursday when they found 36-year-old Bobbie Cortez dead at her home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk, Md. Homicide detectives then learned that Caitlyn Virts was missing from the home.

An Amber Alert was issued for Caitlyn on Thursday. She was believed to be with her father, 38-year-old Timothy Virts.

Police had been concerned for Caitlyn's safety because she was not supposed to be with her father.

Police said the United States Attorney's Office in Maryland charged Virts with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution Friday.

Police had said he may have been driving a 1999 black Dodge Durango with Maryland plates 5AJ4458.

FBI Poster: Timothy Virts Wanted

The vehicle has the following stickers affixed to its rear:

  • Upper right -- a Redskins sticker
  • Upper left -- a Ravens sticker
  • Middle left -- a Zombie stick family sticker
  • Right bumper -- a bumper sticker that reads, "Protected by Witchcraft"

On Friday, Baltimore County police confirmed a nationwide search was on for the girl.

Police said that they obtained an arrest warrant charging Timothy Howard Virts with the first degree murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez. They say the "warrant is based on interviews with the other people who were in the house at the time, as well as physical evidence at the scene."

Earlier, Baltimore County police confirmed that at 9:13 a.m. Thursday, 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.

Friday, police said that Cortez died as a result of "sharp force injury." Police did not provide any detail about the weapon.

At roughly the same time Cortez was found dead, 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. Thursday. The alert was extended to West Virginia on Thursday night. Friday, police said that they had received information about Timothy Virts possibly having connections to West Virginia and according to officials were "doing our due diligence" following those tips.

The Durango is registered to 38-year-old Daniel Williams Cortez. Cortez is the Bobbie Cortez' husband, police say. He is currently held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on various sex offense charges. Police said Friday that they do no believe that Cortez has anything to do with the homicide case.

Caitlyn Virts' twin sister and her brother are safe and in the custody of family members.

Police said on Friday that they have been working around the clock, following dozens of tips in relation to the case. The FBI has also been assisting with the case.

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