Maryland girl found after being sought in Amber Alert, Baltimore County police say

March 7

The Baltimore County girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been located, authorities said Friday night.

“We found her,” the Baltimore County police said of the 11-year-old girl, Caitlyn Marie Virts.

She was found unharmed in a motel in Florence, S.C., the police said. Also found there was the man the FBI said was her father, Timothy Howard Virts.

An arrest warrant had been issued for the father, in connection with the death of her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36, of Dundalk, Md., the county police said earlier.

The FBI has said that the girl and her father might have been traveling together.


This undated photo provided by the Baltimore County Police Department shows Caitlyn Virts. (AP)

The Amber Alert touched off a search for the vehicle he was said to be driving. The search extended to several Eastern seaboard states. County police said they believed the father and daughter were found as a result of the expanded Amber Alert.

He was in custody the police said Friday night. They said she was to be “returned home as soon as possible.” It was unclear late Friday who would have custody of t he girl.

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