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Search on for Md. girl, 11, and dad after mom found dead

Caitlyn Virts, top left, Timothy Virts, bottom left, and the car authorities are seeking in connection with the investigation. CBS Baltimore

DUNDALK, Md. - Authorities are searching for an 11-year-old girl who is missing after her mother was found dead at a Baltimore County, Md. home.

CBS Baltimore reports the child is believed to have been abducted by her father, Timothy Virts.

Authorities responded to a home in Dundalk around 9 a.m. Thursday on reports of a person in cardiac arrest and found 36-year-old Bobbie Cortez dead. Police have not confirmed how she died.

Detectives say Cortez lived at the home with her three children -- 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts, who is now missing, Caitlyn's twin sister and a son. Two adults whose relationships with the victim have not been verified also reportedly live at the home. The victim's other two children are safe and in the custody of family members, according to the station.

An Amber Alert for Caitlyn was issued Thursday morning. Police are reportedly concerned for her safety since she is not supposed to be with her father.

The 11-year-old is described as being 5 feet and 80 pounds. She may be wearing glasses.

Timothy Virts, 38, is described as being 6'3" and 280 pounds.

He may be driving a black 1999 Dodge Durango bearing Maryland license plates 5AJ4458- which is registered to Daniel Cortez, 38. Daniel Cortez is the victim's husband. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on various sex offense charges, reports the station.

Anyone with information in regards to the whereabouts of Caitlyn Virts or Timothy Virts is asked to call 911 or Baltimore County Police Department at 410-887-2020.

  • Crimesider Staff

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