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Published: Saturday, 3/8/2014

Missing Maryland girl found; father faces first-degree murder charges in mother's death

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BALTIMORE — A Maryland girl who disappeared after her mother was found dead last week has been located following a nationwide search, authorities say.

The girl, 11-year-old Caitlyn Virts, was located along with her father, Timothy Virts, in a motel in Florence, South Carolina, police said late Friday.

She and her father had been missing since the body of the girl’s mother, Bobby Jo Cortez, was found at her home Thursday. Police have since charged Timothy Virts with first-degree murder in the slaying of Cortez, 36.

The girl was found unharmed, according to a statement by the Baltimore County Police Department.

“Detectives will be traveling to South Carolina as soon as possible to continue the investigation,” said Corp. John Wachter in a statement.

Virts is in police custody and will be returned to Maryland “pending an extradition process,” the statement said. Police hope to return the girl home as soon as possible.



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