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Maryland man arrested, child found safe

Posted March 7

Caitlyn Marie Virts, 11, is the subject of an Amber Alert. She was last seen at her Baltimore-area home but may be in Garysburg, NC.

— A Maryland man and his daughter were found in South Carolina Friday night, almost two days after the child, 11-year-old Caitlyn Marie Virts, was the subject of an Amber Alert.

On Friday, authorities expanded the Amber Alert on a suspicion that Timothy Virts and his daughter might have been in Garysburg, N.C. By 10:15 p.m., both had been found and Caitlyn was safe.

Timothy Virts faces a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez, Caitlyn's mother. Cortez's body was found at her Dundalk home Thursday morning, and Timothy and Caitlyn Virts were missing. 

"We have had a violent scene that has left a woman dead. We are not sure what (his) involvement in that may have been, and we know he is not supposed to have this child," Elise Armacost, of the Baltimore County Police, said Thursday. "So we have good reason to be concerned about her safety."

CBS Baltimore said he has an extensive criminal record that dates back to 1999 and includes charges of domestic violence.

Caitlyn's twin sister and Cortez's young son, as well as two other adults, were also living at the home. Armacost said Timothy Virts had been staying there too, for the past several weeks.


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  • wildween Mar 7, 6:45 p.m.

    Okay, seriously. Does anyone even know where Garysburg, NC is?

    — Posted by Obamacare rises again

    Google is your friend.

  • momofthree16 Mar 7, 6:22 p.m.

    Why don't the put a pic of the dad up? They could easily post his most recent driver's license photo!

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 7, 4:54 p.m.

    Okay, seriously. Does anyone even know where Garysburg, NC is?

  • fifefan4life Mar 7, 4:46 p.m.

    prayers for Caitlyn and her siblings...

  • ncprr1 Mar 7, 4:45 p.m.

    It sounds like she could be safer now than she was with her mother and her husband.

  • JAT Mar 7, 3:34 p.m.

    other news is reporting that he's the girls father and that her stepfather was arrested on an abuse charge just yesterday. sounds like the man found out her stepfather may have been abusing her or someone else and killed the ex-wife and took his daughter, though not her sibling. I hope he gives her to someone safe.

  • merrywidow Mar 7, 3:26 p.m.

    According to the Maryland news the Durango is registered to the dead mother's husband, who is currently in jail for sex offense charges.

  • ECU_chick Mar 7, 3:18 p.m.

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/AMBER-ALERT-11-Year-Old-Missing-From-Baltimore-County-248812291.html Sad...I hope this doesn't have a tragic ending...:-(

  • The Return of Roy Mar 7, 2:59 p.m.

    Her Mom is dead, presumably at the hand of the abductor. Tread lightly in Northampton County.