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  1. * Wanted Person * Have you seen Deshawn Walter Felipa (AKA Deshawn Grant Valenti...

    * Wanted Person *
    Have you seen Deshawn Walter Felipa (AKA Deshawn Grant Valentine)?

    Deshawn Walter Felipa is described as a black male, 6’04, weighing 200 pounds. It is unknown what he might be wearing

    Anyone with information on Deshawn Walter Felipa is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Tips can also be submitted to iWatch online or by email to iwatch@baltimorecountymd.gov.

    The full release is available on our news blog: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/PoliceLookingforWantedSubject


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    *** SILVER ALERT *** Please share this post
    Have you seen Edward Donald Markey?

    Edward Donald Markey is an 85-year-old white male, 5'9", 187 pounds, with green eyes and grey hair. He was last seen wearing navy blue and white sweater, a grey shirt, and blue pants. Mr. Markey also wears glasses.

    He should be driving a 2004 silver Ford Taurus, displaying Maryland tags 1BMZ0Y.

    Anyone with information on Edward Donald Markey is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

    The full release is available on our news blog: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/SilverAlertIssuedForMissingDundalkMan


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  3. Patapsco High School was on lock-down in reference to wanted subject in area. No...

    Patapsco High School was on lock-down in reference to wanted subject in area. Now on alert status. http://ow.ly/DeTRF ^JW
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  4. Gwynn Oak Man Charged With Distribution of Child Pornography 34-year-old Roger...

    Gwynn Oak Man Charged With Distribution of Child Pornography

    34-year-old Roger W. Woods of the 5900 block of Queen Anne Street 21207 has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $350,000 bail.

    The full release is available on our news blog:
    http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/GwynnOakManChargedWithDistributionofChildPornography


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Keyword: amber alert

Timothy Howard Virts has been returned to Maryland and has been officially charged with the March 6 murder of Bobbi Jo Cortez in Dundalk. He is being interviewed by homicide detectives and then will be sent to the Baltimore County Detention Center where he is to be held without bail.

On the morning of March 6, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to a home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way 21222 for a cardiac arrest. First responders found Bobbie Jo Cortez, deceased, in her bedroom. Police were called after one of the occupants of the house had found Mrs. Cortez, deceased. The investigation has not yet determined when Mrs. Cortez was last seen alive, though detectives have confirmed that she was alive on March 5.

At about the same time, the occupants of the house discovered that Caitlyn and Timothy Virts were missing, along with a Dodge Durango. An Amber Alert was then issued for Caitlyn Marie Virts.

On March 7, Caitlyn and Timothy Virts were located in a motel in Florence, South Carolina. Timothy Virts was taken into custody by local police and Caitlyn was taken by local social services officials. Caitlyn appeared to be unharmed and was returned to Maryland on March 8.

Related releases:

Amber Alert

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/AMBERALERT

Missing Child Connected to Homicide Investigation

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/MissingChildConnectedtoHomicideInvestigation

Warrant Issued Charging Timothy Howard Virts with First Degree Murder

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/WarrantIssuedforTimothyHowardVirts

National Search Underway for Caitlyn Virts

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/NationalSearchUnderWayforCaitlynVirts

FBI Obtains Warrant Charging Virts with Unlawful Flight

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/FBIIssuesWarrantChargingVirtsWithUnlawfulFlight

Caitlyn Marie Virts Has Been Located

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/CaitlynMarieVirtshasbeenlocated

Johnson “Relieved” That Caitlyn is Safe

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/JohnsonRelievedThatCaitlynIsSafe

Virts has Waived Extradition

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/VirtsHasWaivedExtradition

Timothy Howard Virts and Caitlyn Marie Virts have been located in a motel in Florence, South Carolina. Mr. Virts is in police custody and Caitlyn appears to be unharmed.

Investigators believe that the location of the father and daughter resulted directly from the expanded Amber Alert.

The return of Timothy Howard Virts is pending an extradition process. Caitlyn Virts will be returned home as soon as possible. Baltimore County's Department of Social Services has already been put in contact with Social Services officials in South Carolina.

Detectives will travel to South Carolina as soon as possible to continue the investigation.

The Baltimore County Police Department wishes to thank everyone who kept a lookout for Caitlyn, helped spread information about her, and provided the police with tips.

No further information is available at this time.

With assistance from the FBI, the Baltimore County Police Department's search for Caitlyn Virts and her father, Timothy Virts, broadened today to a nationwide search. Timothy and Caitlyn Virts have been missing since yesterday morning.

Updated Vehicle Description

Because Timothy Virts -- wanted on a warrant for the first-degree murder for Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez -- has not been located in Maryland, police believe he may have left the state. BCoPD believe Virts may be armed and that he is dangerous. If you see him or the vehicle he is believed to be driving -- a black, 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland tag #5AJ4458 -- call 911 immediately.

Police have provided a more detailed description of the Durango. 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"

Homicide Details

Bobbie Jo Cortez was found dead yesterday morning in the bedroom of her home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way, Dundalk. About the same time Mrs. Cortez' body was discovered, occupants of the home also discovered that Caitlyn and Timothy Virtz were missing.

The state Medical Examiner has ruled Mrs. Cortez' death a homicide caused by sharp force injury.

The investigation shows that Mrs. Cortez lived at the Ardee Way home with her three children -- Caitlyn, Caitlyn's twin sister and a son -- and with two adults whose relationships with the victim have not been verified. Also, for the past several weeks Mrs. Cortez allowed Timothy Virts to live at the home.

Since an Amber Alert for Caitlyn Virts was issued yesterday morning, BCoPD has follow up on dozens of tips, none of which have panned out so far. These tips included information that Virts may have connections in West Virginia.

Today, Chief Jim Johnson urged citizens to continue to look out for Timothy and Caitlyn Virts and the Dodge Durango and to report any information as soon as possible.

Johnson said that he has directed all necessary resources to be invested in the search for Caitlyn, who police believe may be in danger since she is not supposed to be with her father. "Her safe return is the priority," he said.

Besides the FBI, the search for Caitlyn involves the U.S. Marshal's Office and law enforcement agencies throughout the region,  including the Maryland State Police.

The Dodge Durango that Virts is believed to be driving is registered to Daniel Williams Cortez, 38. Cortez is the victim's husband. He currently is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on various sex offense charges.

Detectives do not believe that Cortez' criminal history has anything to do with Bobbie Jo Cortez' murder or Caitlyn Virts' abduction. 

Police cannot speculate on a motive for the murder, or why Virts took Caitlyn. Investigators are looking at the family relationships and any history of contact with Baltimore County Government.

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