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Man charged in death to be extradited from S.C. to Md.

Timothy Virts, the man charged with killing the mother of his children and then fleeing to South Carolina with one daughter, has waived his right to extradition proceedings, authorities said Monday.

Timothy Virts, 38, is waiting to be transported by Maryland authorities, South Carolina officials said Monday. Baltimore County police said they are working with police in South Carolina on his return but have not yet determined when he will be handed over.

“He’ll be flown back,” police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an e-mail.

Virts is charged in the death of 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez, who was found stabbed in her Ardee Way home in Dundalk.

Baltimore County police said Monday that they think Virts killed Cortez on Wednesday and fled Thursday with Cortez’s 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn Virts.

Timothy Virts is charged with killing the mother of his children and then fleeing to S.C. with one daughter. (FBI/AP)

Police said Caitlyn, her twin sister Cayla and a 13-year-old brother were home when their mother was killed. Family members said that Cayla made the discovery and that Cortez was bound with duct tape.

Shortly after the discovery Thursday morning, police issued an Amber Alert for Caitlyn, saying they were worried about her safety.

Police said Virts fled in a Dodge Durango that was registered to Cortez’s husband, 38-year-old Daniel Williams Cortez, who has been jailed since December on sex-offense charges. Baltimore County police said the charges are not related to the alleged abduction.

Police have not identified a motive in the case.

Virts and Caitlyn were found Friday night at a motel in Florence, S.C., after an employee notified authorities upon seeing the Amber Alert for Caitlyn on Facebook. Caitlyn was unharmed.

Homicide detectives flew to South Carolina after Virts’s arrest and continue to interview him. Police said they are withholding what Virts told detectives, citing the ongoing investigation.

Family members said Caitlyn flew back to Maryland on Saturday. Police said that Baltimore County’s Department of Health and Human Services reunited Caitlyn with her siblings and that all three remain in the care of social services.

— Baltimore Sun


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