Father in Baltimore Amber Alert case remains in custody in Florence County

Timothy Virts

A man wanted in a nationwide Amber Alert out of Baltimore, will remain behind bars at the Florence County Detention Center for the time being.

Friday night, Florence police got a tip from the co-owner of the Colonial Inn Motel on South Irby Street that Timothy Virts and his 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn Virts were staying at the motel.

Police arrested Virts and took Caitlyn into protective custody. She has since been reunited with her siblings in Maryland. The children are in the custody of child protective services, according to Baltimore authorities.

The Amber Alert was issued last Thursday morning for Caitlyn Virts after her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, was found dead at their home in Baltimore County.

Virts is the suspect in Cortez' death.

Baltimore County police say it's believed Caitlyn and her twin sister and 13-year-old brother were at the home when their mother was killed.

Baltimore County detectives have flown to Florence and interviewed Virts about Cortez' death.

Officials say they're working on the logistics of extraditing Virts to Baltimore. They have 21 days to pick him up.

He's expected to be charged with murder when he returns to Baltimore County.