Timothy Howard Virts, Caitlyn Virts found at motel in Florence, S.C.

Timothy taken into custody; Amber Alert ended

Officials with the Baltimore County Police Department confirmed at about 10:30 p.m. that missing 11-year-old Caitlyn Marie Virts and her father were located at a motel in Florence, South Carolina.

Timothy Virts, was taken into police custody at the scene. Caitlyn, the subject of an Amber Alert that eventually spread nationally Friday was found unharmed, according to police.

The two were found at the Colonial Inn in Florence. The owner of the motel said Timothy Virts checked into room 101 with his daughter, using his real name. She notified authorities. She saw the Amber Alert on her tablet, on Facebook.

In a release issued late Friday, officials said investigators believe that the two being located is a direct result of the expanded Amber Alert.

Baltimore DSS has already been put in contact with DSS in South Carolina in attempt to get Caitlyn returned home as soon as possible.

Timothy Howard Virts, suspected in the homicide of Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, is pending an extradition process.

Officials have described the scene of the homicide at the child's Dundalk home as "violent." Cortez's body had what police spokesperson Elise Armacost described as "sharp force trauma."

Detectives from Baltimore County will be traveling to South Carolina as soon as possible to continue the investigation.

As ABC2 reporter Katrina Bush made calls to get reaction on the development, someone at the home of Caitlyn's grandfather said the family is relieved but will feel better once they see Caitlyn.

The finding of Caitlyn and her father brings to close a search that spanned two days, at least five states and multiple law enforcement agencies.

Caitlyn Marie Virts was last seen in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday.

Baltimore County police and fire personnel responded at 9:13 a.m. Thursday to the home on Ardee Way for a cardiac arrest. A homicide investigation began as officials made it to the scene and Baltimore County Police obtained an arrest warrant for Timothy Howard Virts in connection to Bobbie Jo Cortez's death.

Timothy Virts, police say, fled the state in a black 1999 Dodge Durano belonging to Daniel Cortez, the jailed husband of Bobbie Jo Cortez.

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Daniel Cortez is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center, on charges that include sexual abuse of a minor. 

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