Timothy Virts waives extradition from South Carolina in murder case

TOWSON, Md. - Timothy Virts, the Dundalk man accused of killing the mother of his twin daughters and kidnapping one of the girls, has waived extradition from South Carolina.

Baltimore County police said they are working with South Carolina authorities on setting a timeline for Virts’ return to Maryland. Police said they are unsure of exactly when that will happen.  Spokeswoman Elise Armacost says the agency is working with the Maryland State Police Aviation unit to fly a detective to South Carolina and retrieve Virts.

Virts will be charged upon his return to Maryland with first-degree murder in the killing of Bobbie Jo Cortez, found dead Thursday morning in her bedroom in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk.

SEE: Warrant issued for Timothy Virts following suspected abduction of daughter

Police believe Virts killed Cortez on Wednesday. Shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday, police believe Virts fled with his 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn. He and Caitlyn were located Friday evening in a motel in Florence, SC, after a nationwide search.

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Cortez's body was discovered by Caitlyn’s twin sister. The mother was found bound with duct tape with apparent stab wounds.

Virts was discovered in South Carolina by the owner of the hotel where he and his daughter were staying. The discovery, police said, was a direct result of the nationwide Amber Alert that went out on Thursday.

Police said homicide detectives flew to South Carolina after Virts' arrest there, and while Virts agreed to speak with investigators, details of their conversations are withheld because the investigation is ongoing.

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

As for Caitlyn Virts, she was returned to Maryland Saturday evening and reunited with her siblings, all of whom are in the custody of social services officials. Caitlyn appears to be unharmed physically.  

"At the airport she was met by her brother and sister.  Social services people told us the three were very happy to see each other and be reunited," Armacost said, "Caitlyn shared with our detectives and social services people she was very happy to be home and have the ordeal of this road trip behind her."

Police added that the 911 tapes surrounding this case are being withheld and cited the ongoing investigation as the reason. The arrest warrant charging Timothy Virts is not yet public because it has not been served. 

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