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.