Missing Dundalk Girl Reunited With Family Members
BALTIMORE (CBSDC/AP) — The family of Caitlyn Virts, the 11-year-old Dundalk, Md., girl who was abducted by her father last week, has been reunited with her brother, twin sister and grandmother, WNEW’s Rick Boone reports.
Timothy Virts, who is suspected in the death of Caitlyn’s mother, is still in a South Carolina jail cell. He has waived extradition from South Carolina.
Police said Monday that he has talked with detectives. It was not clear exactly when he would return to Maryland. Upon his return, authorities will charge him with first-degree murder.
The 11-year-old girl returned Saturday to Maryland and police say she appears to be physically unharmed. The children are in the care of social services officials.
Virts and his daughter were located at the Colonial Inn in Florence, S.C., on Friday, according to local police. They first rented a room on Thursday night, said owner Carol Gause.
“They looked fine. She just walked right up with her father. I didn’t notice anything,” Gause said by phone from the hotel Saturday.
Gause was checking her Facebook page from the front desk around 7 p.m. Friday when she saw the Amber Alert posted by a friend and immediately recognized Virts and his daughter. She called police and officers quickly arrived. She said Virts was arrested without problems and his daughter appeared to be OK.
“I was startled, but I wasn’t worried or frightened. You don’t expect to ever be involved in something like this,” Gause said. “But I called police and they took over.”
Caitlyn Virts went missing at about 7 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities were called to a home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk just after 9 a.m. Thursday for a person in cardiac arrest. When they arrived, they encountered a “violent scene” and found a woman — identified as Caitlyn’s mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez — dead inside the home.
Police say she sustained multiple cut wounds to her upper body.
Baltimore County Police issued an arrest warrant for Timothy Virts, 38, in connection with Cortez’s death on Friday morning.
Investigators then learned that Caitlyn was missing from the home and issued an Amber Alert for her at about 10:45 a.m.
Cortez’s other two children were at the home when authorities arrived. Police didn’t say who found Cortez dead in her bedroom.
Police say two other adults lived at the home with Cortez, and that Timothy Virts also lived at the home for the past few weeks.