Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 7, 2014

Warrant issued for father of missing girl

BLUEFIELD — The Baltimore County Police announced at a press conference Friday afternoon in Dundalk, Md., that the father of a missing girl who is the subject of an Amber Alert is now charged in the death of the missing girl’s mother, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities in Maryland issued the Amber Alert for 11-year-old Caitlyn Marie Virts Thursday morning after police found the body of her 36-year-old mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, at her Dundalk home. Late Thursday evening, Maryland expanded the Amber Alert to include West Virginia, fueling widespread speculation concerning possible West Virginia ties for the girl’s father and alleged abductor, Timothy Virts, 38.

The manager of the Save-A-Lot in Welch confirmed Friday night that Virts worked at the McDowell County store for eight months starting in 2011.

“All I have been told at this point is that there is information which leads us to believe that it is possible that he may travel to or through West Virginia,” Lt. Michael T. Baylous, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police stated in response to an email request seeking information.

According to information contained in the Amber Alert, the suspect was last seen in a 1999 Dodge Durango, black in color, with Maryland license plate 5AJ4458.

The AP reported that the Amber Alert was issued in Maryland about 90 minutes after Cortez’s body was discovered at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday morning. The West Virginia alert was added later in the day.

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

 The telephone number for the Baltimore County Police Department is 410-887-7320.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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