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March 7, 2014

Amber Alert for missing 11-year-old Maryland girl extended to West Virginia

BLUEFIELD — An Amber Alert that was issued on Thursday for an 11-year-old girl who was taken from her Baltimore, Md., area home, has been extended into West Virginia, according to information posted on the West Virginia State Police website.

Caitlyn Marie Virts, 11, of Dundalk, Md., was last seen in the company of her father, Timothy Virts, 38, who was last seen driving a 1999 Dodge Durango, black in color, with Maryland license plate 5AJ4458.

“The child was last observed at approximately 7 a.m. in the area of Dundalk, Md.,” according to the information included in the Amber Alert. “The child is believed to have been abducted by the suspect.”

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 911 or the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-887-7320. “Do not take action which could endanger your safety of further endanger the abducted child,” the Amber Alert stated. “This Amber Alert originated in Maryland and has been extended to include West Virginia.”

Lt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police said there is reason to believe that Timothy Virts may be traveling in or through West Virginia.

The Associated Press reports that Caitlyn Virts’ mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, was found dead in her bedroom at 9:15 a.m. Bobbie Jo Cortez’s husband, Daniel Cortez, 38, was indicted on Wednesday of charges of sex abuse of a minor, according to the AP report.

Caitlyn Virts is a white female with blonde hair, 5 feet tall, weighing 80 pounds. Her father is a white male, 6-foot-3-inches tall and weighs 280 pounds.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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