Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 6, 2014

Amber alert extended to W.Va.


Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Police searched Thursday for an 11-year-old girl who was reported missing after her mother was found slain in their home in Dundalk.

Baltimore County Police believe the girl, Caitlyn Virts, is with her father, 38-year-old Timothy Virts, and they are concerned for her safety, department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Caitlyn’s mother, 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez, was found dead in her bedroom about 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Armacost would not say how Cortez was killed, only that she was slain. Maryland State Police sent an Amber Alert about 90 minutes after the mother was found. Late Thursday night, an Amber Alert for Caitlyn was issued in West Virginia.

Armacost said Caitlyn’s twin sister and Cortez’s young son, as well as two adults, were living at the home. Timothy Virts had also been staying there for the past several weeks, Armacost said.

The other children living in the home are with relatives, she said.

Police don’t know what custody arrangements the parents had and they want to question Virts about Cortez’s death.

Bobbie Cortez’s husband, Daniel Cortez, 38, is jailed on charges that include sex abuse of a minor, Armacost said. He was indicted on those charges on Wednesday, according to online court records. The vehicle police believe Virts is driving is registered to Daniel Cortez.

Police described Virts as white, 6-fooot-3 and 280 pounds. He may be driving a black Dodge Durango with Maryland plates 5AJ4458.

Police are not sure what, if any, relationship there is between charges against Daniel Cortez, Bobbie Cortez’s slaying and Caitlyn’s abduction, Armacost said.