Missing Baltimore County Child Linked to Homicide Investigation

- BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. – An amber alert issued Thursday morning for an abducted 11-year-old Baltimore County girl is now being connected to a homicide investigation out of Dundalk. 

The Baltimore County Police Department issued the alert around 10:45 a.m. Thursday for Caitlyn Marie Virts, who was last seen in Dundalk. Police believe she was abducted by her father Timothy Virts, 38, who was last seen driving a 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland tag 5AJ4458.

Later Thursday police confirmed with WHAG they were called to Caitlyn's address in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk around 9:13 a.m. for the report of a cardiac arrest. When they arrived to the scene, an adult female was found inside the home dead. That woman has now been confirmed as Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Cortez. 

Police say two other children lived in the home and were unharmed.

"One of the other occupants of the home found her deceased in her bedroom, the children are safe and in custody of family members at an undisclosed location," said Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Police. 

A Homicide Unit is currently on the scene, and are conducting a homicide investigation. Further details have not been released. 

Caitlyn was last seen around 7 a.m. Thrusday. She's described as 5’0” in height, 80 lbs and may also be wearing glasses. Timothy Virts is described as 6’3” in height, 280 lbs. Both are white. 

Locally, state troopers have been actively patrolling the area since Hagerstown is the gateway to two major interstates.

"In this case we did get the vehicle description and the possible driver of the vehicle including the juvenile's name. We give that information to the troopers, push it out and try to put them in areas in high visibility areas so we can look for the vehicle," said Lt. Michael Fluharty, Maryland State Police. 

Officers said during an Amber Alert emergency, drivers can use their cell phones while driving to call 911 if they see something suspicious. Officers say the more help they get from the public the better.

"We need the public's help obviously to see what we don't see. So it's very helpful when they call in if they do see something especially when we give out the tag and specific information. If they locate that vehicle, obviously don't approach the vehicle but you want to let us know, call law enforcement<" said Fluharty.  

Police are concerned for the Caitlyn's safety since she is not supposed to be with her father - a man with a criminal record including offenses for assault, drug charges and domestic abuse. 

"Mr. Virts is a suspect in the abduction of his daughter and we are interested in finding him and talking to him about what he can tell us about the death of Bobby Jo Cortez," said Armacost. 

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or Baltimore County Police Department at (410)-887-7320. They're asking folks to not take action which could endanger your safety or further endanger the abducted child.

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