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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.

Baltimore County Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging Timothy Howard Virts with the first degree murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez in Dundalk on Thursday.

Police responded to a home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk Thursday for a report of a cardiac arrest. Upon arriving at the location, officers discovered Bobbie Jo Cortez deceased in a bedroom of the home. Bobbie Jo Cortez’s daughter, Caitlyn Marie Virts, Caitlyn’s father, Timothy Howard Virts, and a 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland license plate #5AJ4458 were missing from the location.

Bobbie Jo Cortez was observed to have multiple cut wounds to her upper body. The official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Baltimore County Police have reached out to other law enforcement agencies, from local to federal, for assistance in this investigation.

Baltimore County Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call 410-307-2020.

Timothy Howard Virts


















Original release:

Police have identified the victim in this morning's homicide in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk as Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, of the Ardee Way address.

Cortez is the mother of 11-year-old Caitlyn Marie Virts, who is missing and believed to be with her father, Timothy Howard Virts, 38. An Amber Alert issued this morning for Caitlyn remains active. Caitlyn and Timothy Virts are believed to be driving a black, 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland license plate #5AJ4458. Please call 911 or 410-307-2020 if you see this vehicle or have any information about Caitlyn and Timothy Virts.

The investigation into Bobbie Jo Cortez's murder remains in its early stages. Police have confirmed the following:

At 9:13 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the 3100 block of Ardee Way  for a cardiac arrest. First responders found the victim, deceased, in her bedroom. The investigation has not yet determined when Mrs. Cortez was last seen alive, though detectives have confirmed that she was alive yesterday. 

Detectives have also confirmed 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.

This morning, one of the occupants of the house found Mrs. Cortez, dead, in her bedroom. Police have not yet confirmed how she died.

At about the same time, the occupants of the house discovered that Caitlyn and Timothy Virts were missing, along with the Dodge Durango. An Amber Alert was issued at 10:46 a.m. Police are concerned for the safety of Caitlyn Marie Virts since she is not supposed to be with her father. 

The Dodge Durango 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. 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.


Caitlyn Marie Virts

Photo of Caitlyn Virts, who has been abducted.

   Photo of Caitlyn Virts, issued Maryland Child Amber Alert.



















Timothy Virts

Photo of Timothy Virts, sought in child abduction case.

Revised June 27, 2017