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UPDATE: Maryland Girl Abducted After Mother's Murder Found With Father

UPDATE: An 11-year-old girl abducted from a Baltimore-area home where her mother was killed has been found at a South Carolina motel with her father, a suspect in both crimes, police said on Friday.

The suspect, Timothy Virts, 38, went missing with his daughter, Caitlyn Virts, on Thursday after last being seen in Dundalk, Maryland, police said. After a nationwide search by police using the Amber Alert system, the pair was found some 450 miles away in Florence, South Carolina.

Caitlyn appears to be unharmed and her father was arrested for first-degree murder, said Baltimore County police.

"The return of Timothy Howard Virts is pending an extradition process. Caitlyn Virts will be returned home as soon as possible," police said in a statement.

The father may have been armed and was considered dangerous, police spokeswoman Elise Armacost told a news conference earlier on Friday.

Virts was wanted in connection with the death of Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, Caitlyn's mother. Police found Cortez dead in her bedroom with multiple cut wounds to her upper body.

An autopsy showed she died of "sharp-force injury," Armacost said.

Virts had been staying at Cortez's house and he and his daughter were believed to be driving a black 1999 Dodge Durango.

The car belongs to Cortez's husband, who is being held in the Baltimore County jail on sex offense charges.

An Amber Alert, issued by law enforcement, broadcasters and other agencies in cases of serious child abductions, had been put out for the missing girl.

"Investigators believe that the two being located is a direct result of the expanded Amber Alert," the statement said.

Police have said they were concerned about Caitlyn Virts' safety since she was not supposed to be with her father.

Cortez had lived at the Dundalk home with Caitlyn, her twin sister and a son and with two adults with unverified relationships with the mother, police said in a statement.

The other two children are safe and in the custody of family members, it said.

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An 11-year-old Maryland girl who police say was abducted after her mother was killed could be in Eastern Carolina.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Caitlyn Virts. Baltimore County police say she was taken from Dundalk, Maryland by her father, Timothy Virts. Authorities say the two were believed to be in Garysburg in Northampton County on Thursday.

Police say Bobbie Jo Cortez was found dead in her home Thursday morning. They have an arrest warrant for the girl's father in connection with the murder.

Investigators say Cortez lived in the home with her three children and two other adults. For the past several weeks, the victim had allowed Timothy Virts to also live in the home, according to officers.

Police say someone noticed the father and daughter were missing after discovering the body.

The child is approximately 5 feet tall, weighing 80 pounds. She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and wears glasses.

Police say the father is 38-years-old, 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

They could be in a black 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland tag 5AJ4458.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Baltimore County Police Department Maryland immediately at (410) 887-7320, 410-953-8281 or call 911 or *HP.


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