(Caitlyn Virts) (Timothy Virts)
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5 NEWS UPDATE 3/7 10:30 p.m.:
Multiple media sources in Baltimore are reporting that Caitlyn Virts and her father, Timothy, have been found. No other additional details have been made available.
5 NEWS UPDATE 3/7:
(CBS NEWS) DUNDALK, Md. - Authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for the father of a Maryland girl who was reported missing after her mother was found dead, reports CBS Baltimore.
Timothy Virts is wanted in connection with the death of Bobbi Jo Cortez. The 36-year-old Cortez was found dead inside her home in Dundalk Thursday morning. Cortez's 11-year-old daughter, Caitlyn Virts, was nowhere to be found and an Amber Alert was subsequently issued.
Authorities believe Timothy Virts fled the state with his daughter. The search for the two has reportedly expanded into West Virginia, according to the station.
"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."
Caitlyn also has a twin sister and a brother but authorities say they are safe.
CBS Baltimore reports Timothy Virts has an extensive criminal record that dates back to 1999 and includes charges of domestic violence.
Police have not said how Cortez died, but said she had multiple cut wounds to her upper body, according to the station. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
ORIGINAL STORY 3/6:
West Virginia authorities are officially on the lookout for an 11-year-old girl who was abducted out of Baltimore County, Maryland.
Caitlyn Marie Virts was last seen around 7:00 a.m. in Dundalk on Thursday. According to National Center For Missing and Exploited Children, she was abducted by Timothy Virts, 38. He was driving a black, 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland plates: 5AJ4458. According to other media agencies in Baltimore, officers are worried about Caitlyn's safety. Her mother was found murdered in her home around 9:00 a.m.
Caitlyn is described as a white female, 5'0" tall and weighs approximately 80 pounds. She may be wearing glasses.
According to 911 officials, police in West Virginia were notified because the suspect could be traveling through the state.
Anyone with information should call 911 or the Baltimore County Police Department at (410) 887-7320. Officials urge you to not take action and call police.
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