Timothy Virts Waives Extradition After Amber Alert, Murder

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    (Courtesy Missingkids.com)

    A Maryland father accused of kidnapping one of his daughters and killing her mother last week waived extradition in court Monday.

    Timothy Virts, 38, is being held in a South Carolina prison, facing a first-degree murder charge upon his return to Maryland.

    Prosecutors believe Virts killed 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez inside her Dundalk, Md., home some time before 6 p.m. Wednesday, and then fled their daughter Caitlyn Virts, 11, shortly after 6 a.m. the following morning.

    An Amber Alert was issued for Caitlyn after Cortez's body was discovered. Investigators believe that expanding the Amber Alert nationally, including on digital billboards, helped them find Timothy and Caitlyn Virts in a Florence, S.C., motel Friday night.

    Caitlyn has been reunited with her siblings, a twin sister and a 13-year-old brother. The children are currently living with their grandmother.

    Investigators believe all three children were home when their mother was killed.

    Authorities announced Friday that they had obtained a warrant charging Timothy Virts with the murder of Cortez. He will be formally charged upon his return to Baltimore County.

    Baltimore County Police are working with South Carolina authorities there to work out the logistics involved with his return.

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