An Amber Alert has been issued by the Maryland State Police in reference to an 11-year-old female missing from the Dundalk area and Baltimore County police say she is connected to a homicide investigation.
Caitlyn Marie Virts was last seen in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday. She is described as a white female, 5 feet tall, 80 pounds, and possibly wearing glasses. It is unknown what she might be wearing.
Court documents show a sex offender living where the murder investigation sparked the Amber Alert. The registered sex offender, Daniel Cortez, was indicted yesterday for sex abuse of children. The indictment includes 11 counts against Cortez including attempted rape, sex abuse of a minor, assault and perverted practices.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Elise Armacost, a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department, said the agency doesn't yet know how the sex abuse case involving Daniel Cortez relates to the homicide and Amber Alert.
"We are not sure what, if any, relationship Mr. Cortez' legal situation has to do with the case that we're dealing with today," Armacost said.
Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, was found dead in the bedroom. Officials described the scene as "violent."
Caitlyn is believed to be with her father, Timothy Howard Virts. He is described as a 38-year-old white male, 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds. He should be driving a black 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland license plates 5AJ4458.
Officials say two other children at the home, including Caitlyn's twin sister, are "safe."
The Durango is believed to belong to Daniel Cortez because the license plate is listed on his page on Maryland's Sex Offender Registry. He was previously convicted in 2009 for sexual contact with a middle school aged child whose family he knew.
Baltimore County police and fire personnel responded at 9:13 a.m. to the home on Ardee Way for a cardiac arrest.
Caitlyn Marie Virts is not supposed to be with her father and police are concerned for her safety.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-887-7320410-887-7320 or 911.