DUNDALK, Md. - Baltimore County Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Timothy Howard Virts in connection with the death of Bobbie Jo Cortez in Dundalk on Thursday.
Virts, 38, is believed to have taken his and Cortez’s daughter, Caitlyn Marie Virts, Thursday and an Amber Alert has been issued in regard to her disappearance.
Police said Bobbie Jo Cortez was discovered Thursday morning to have "multiple cut wounds to her upper body." The official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
West Virginia State Police said the Amber Alert was extended to their state because Virts has ties to the state and used to work there. West Virginia State Police added that they believe Caityln, 11, is in “extreme danger.” The alert has since been extended into North Carolina.
Timothy Virts has a long criminal record and recently he moved into the home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way Dundalk with Bobbie Cortez, Caitlyn Virts and her twin sister, another son of Bobbie Cortez, and Cortez's current husband, Daniel Cortez. The other children are safe with other family members, police said.
Daniel Cortez is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center, on charges that include sexual abuse of a minor. The car Virts is believed to be driving is registered to Daniel Cortez. That vehicle is a 1999 Dodge Durango.
Police offered the following description of the vehicle, which has Maryland tag #5AJ4458. In addition, the Durango has the following stickers on its rear:
- Upper right -- a Redskins sticker
- Upper left -- a Ravens sticker
- Middle left -- a Zombie stick family sticker
- Right bumper -- a bumper sticker that reads, "Protected by Witchcraft"
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