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Virts Case: Daughter Returns to Maryland, Police Arrange Father's Return

The man accused of abducting his daughter and murdering her mother is in South Carolina, where detectives are interviewing him, police said.

Timothy Virts, 38, is charged in the murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, of Dundalk. (Credit: Baltimore County Police Department)
Timothy Virts, 38, is charged in the murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, of Dundalk. (Credit: Baltimore County Police Department)

The Baltimore County Police Department released additional details Monday about the case of Timothy Howard Virts, the man who police said abducted his daughter and killed her mother last week.

Virts, 38, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, found dead in her Ardee Way home in Dundalk last Thursday, police said.

"Police believe Virts killed Bobbie Jo [Cortez] on Wednesday, sometime before 6 p.m.," according to a statement from the Baltimore County Police Department.

Cortez was "all tied up, taped and [had] a sheet over her" when she was found by her daughter, Cayla, who was waiting to go to school on Thursday morning, the deceased woman's father told The Baltimore Sun.

Detectives think that Cayla Virts, twin sister Caitlyn Virts and a 13-year-old brother were home when their mother was killed, police said.

According to police, Timothy Virts left the Dundalk home with Caitlyn Virts sometime after 6 a.m. Thursday. Caitlyn was the daughter of Virts and Cortez, police said.

Police issued an Amber Alert for Caitlyn Virts Thursday and expanded the scope of the search to the national level on Friday.

Timothy and Caitlyn Virts were found Friday night after a hotel clerk in South Carolina called police when she recognized them from an Amber Alert post she saw on Facebook.

Caitlyn Virts was returned Saturday night to Maryland, where she was reunited with her siblings, all of whom are in the custody of social services officials, police said.

Homicide detectives flew to South Carolina after Timothy Virts was arrested there, and they continue to interview Virts, who agreed to talk to them, police said. Details of their conversations and 911 calls are being withheld due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, according to officials.

Although police initially said that extradition from South Carolina could take 7 to 12 days, police said Monday that Timothy Virts has waived extradition from South Carolina so Baltimore County and South Carolina authorities are working out logistics to arrange for his return to Maryland.

According to police, Caitlyn Virts appears to be physically unharmed and Baltimore County government will continue to provide all necessary resources to her and her siblings.

wendy moore March 11, 2014 at 07:50 AM
sick crime happen to the kid and the family. there's a rime at wash dc pg md public schools on radios agents af-1 "they do kids" 1. in paper pg md radio made a tee ball for boys with his own money rent bld and outfits he rape them ( how he got his license i would not gave him one) 2. in paper pg md radio rape kid 14 year girl in front home where she play at 3. wash dc "japan candy store" rime came from radios hang out where kids women buy candy food at etc with his sex offenders/herion addcit sale her body 4. true on japan candy store guy (s) sit in chair .... he and both freak stage ounce you she come from behind put the candy down close to you he a guy-street drug dealer sex offender 5. sex offender drug dealer-guy come back to school with the person sale her body
Justin case March 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Has Wendy ever heard of punctuation and full words and sentences? I'm so sick of lazy people who can't even spell out a full word but instead abbreviate every other word. Your already sitting on your butt and typing, so stop being even more lazy and type a full word

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