The Amber Alert issued for 11-year old Maryland girl, Caitlyn Virts Friday morning has been upgraded to a Nationwide search.
Baltimore County Police believe the girl, Caitlyn Virts, is with her father, 38-year-old Timothy Virts, and are concerned for her safety, department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said. On Friday police issued an arrest warrant for Timothy Virts for the first degree murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez, the girls mother.
Caitlyn’s mother, 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez, was found dead in her bedroom about 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Cause of death was ruled “sharp force injury.” The woman was discovered with multiple cut wounds to her upper body, said police.
Maryland State Police sent an Amber Alert about 90 minutes after the mother was found dead.
“We have had a violent scene that has left a woman dead. We are not sure what [Timothy Virts] 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.”
Police are searching for a black 1999 Dodge Durango bearing MD registration: 5AJ4458.
They said there is a Washington Redskins sticker on the right side of the rear window and a Baltimore Ravens sticker on the left of the rear window. There are also stick figures of a family of “zombies” on the back. The right back side of the rear bumper has a sticker “Protected by Witchcraft.”
Caitlyn is 5 feet tall, weighs 80 pounds and might be wearing glasses, police said.
Timothy Virts is 6-foot-3 and weighs 280 pounds. Both are white.
Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or Baltimore County Police Department at 410-887-7320. Do not take action which could endanger your safety or further endanger the abducted child.
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An arrest warrant has since been issued for the Timothy Virts in connection with the death of his daughter Caitlyn Marie Virts’ mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez. An Amber Alert for the missing girl also remains active.
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