CAITLYN VIRTS – LOCATED AND BROUGHT HOME SAFE – USMCC000511LTWH – UPDATED 03.10.2014

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CAITLYN AND TIMOTHY VIRTS LOCATED

UPDATED: 03.10.2014

Timothy Virts

Timothy Virts

The frantic search for Caitlyn Virts and her father Timothy Virts has come to an end, and FaceBook is being credited with Caitlyn’s recovery with Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson stating in a press conference that ‘keyboard crime fighters’ are the ones that brought Caitlyn home safely.  On Thursday evening Virts and Caitlyn walked into the lobby of the Colonial Inn in South Carolina, and rented Room 101 for $36 from the Inn’s co-owner, Carol Grause.

Carol Gause

Carol Gause

Both Caitlyn and Timothy were smiling and in good spirits when they arrived at the motel, never doing anything to indicate that they were a murder suspect and kidnap victim on the run.  “I didn’t sense anything wrong,” Carol says.  It wasn’t until the next evening that Carol took a break to browse through Facebook, and shockingly came across Caitlyn and Virts photos and the Amber Alert.  Carol immediately called the police, and with that the 36 hour man hunt was over.  SWAT members knocked on the motel room door, and Virts answered, not putting up a fight as he was arrested.  Sadly though, this tragic tale is just beginning.  While Caitlyn was physically unharmed, the emotional and psychological trauma she has been through will be a difficult hurdle to cross, especially without her mother.

Bobbie Joe Cortez's body being removed from the family home.

Bobbie Joe Cortez’s body being removed from the family home.

New information regarding the murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez has been released, and it is more devastating than I imagined.  Bobbie Jo was bound with duct tape and stabbed to death in her bed, where Caitlyn’s twin sister, Cayla, found her mother.  I can’t imagine the horror that Cayla must now work through after being the one to find her mother murdered.  I have to ask myself, did Caitlyn know her mother was dead when she and Virts went on their ‘road trip’, or is this something she learnt after being rescued.

Bobbie Jo Cortez's body being removed from the family home.

Bobbie Jo Cortez’s body being removed from the family home.

These two little girls have been through so much in the past week and I really hope that justice will promptly be served, and the twins healing can slowly begin.  Social workers are working with the girls to determine which relatives they will be placed with, and are offering counseling services that the girls desperately need at this moment.

Authorities located the murder weapon and an arrest warrant for first degree murder was issued for Virts.  The motive for the murder is still unclear, but the one thing that those who were close to the family agree on, is that trouble was brewing.

Peter Virts, Violet Martin-Brown, Jason and Justin Virts and Kimeasha Virts

Peter Virts, Violet Martin-Brown, Jason and Justin Virts and Kimeasha Virts

Peter Virts describes his son as a “controller” and actually worried for Bobbie Jo.  He stated that “He doesn’t get along well with too many people.  People were afraid of him and did what he said.”  Peter and his long time girlfriend, Violet Brown-Martin, have been raising Caitlyn’s brothers, Jason and Justin – 10, and Kimeasha Virts and have experienced the turmoil Virts brings to custody disputes.  Violet stated “We knew it was a bomb ticking, waiting to go off.”  Violet also stated that Virts was known to carry a knife.  She believes that Caitlyn was the only child taken because she was his favorite.  Caitlyn is described as a daddy’s girl, while her twin sister Cayla did not trust her father and voiced to others that they should be careful not to trust him as well.

Anna Trainor-Goodwin

Anna Trainor-Goodwin

Bobbie Jo’s mother, Anna Trainor-Goodwin, was relieved to hear that her granddaughter had been found, and stated that she was anxious to hold her granddaughters.  Sitting in a living room where the walls are covered with pictures of her now deceased daughter, Anna tries to work through the overwhelming pain and confusion that dropped on her life like a nuclear bomb.

Daniel Wallace holding a photo of himself and his daughter, Bobbie Jo Cortez

Daniel Wallace holding a photo of himself and his daughter, Bobbie Jo Cortez

Bobbie Jo’s father, Daniel Wallace, is finding himself buried in guilt stating “I feel like I let her down.  She was the greatest mother in the world.”, despite the fact that he in no way let her down.  He describes how Bobbie Jo was always getting her children to school with bagged lunches or lunch money, and showered them with Christmas presents.  She was devoted to her children and had recently told her father that she wasn’t going to let another man into her life after she was hurt and betrayed by the men she thought she could trust.  “She told me she’ll never trust a man as long as she lived, she didn’t want no more men in her life.” shared Wallace.

This case is full of tragedy and violence, and it could have ended with even more tragedy and violence had it not been for everyday citizens spreading the word and raising awareness about Caitlyn’s abduction and Bobbie Jo’s murder.  I have said it millions of times – AWARENESS IS VITAL.  Sharing these stories and cases, making others aware, increases our chances of bringing a child home safely, it decreases the amount of time it takes to bring these children home, and it sends a clear message to those who victimize children – we are watching you, and we outnumber you a million times over, we are a wall that you will not get past.

Please share the stories of missing and abused children, together we can make a difference, a difference that will save lives.

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Caitlyn Virts

Caitlyn Virts

Caitlyn Virts

Date of Birth: May 25, 2002

White Female

Height: 5’0”     Weight: 80 lbs

Hair: Blonde     Eyes: Blue

Missing: March 6, 2014     From: Dundalk, MD

Distinguishing Features: May wear glasses.

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Caitlyn Virts and Bobbie Jo Cortez

Caitlyn Virts and Bobbie Jo Cortez

Caitlyn was discovered missing after her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, was found murdered in the home Caitlyn shared with her mother, her twin sister Cayla, her brother and 2 other adults who have not been named.  A phone call was placed to 911 by one of the other adults, saying that someone in the home was in cardiac arrest.  When authorities arrived, they discovered Bobbie Jo’s lifeless body in her bedroom.  The exact cause of death for Bobbie Jo has not yet been released, but authorities have stated that she did suffer cut wounds to her upper body, and described the scene at the home to be a violent one.  Thankfully, both Caitlyn’s twin sister and her brother are safe and with relatives.  Caitlyn’s father, Timothy Virts, is believed to be responsible for Bobbie Jo’s murder and Caitlyn’s abduction, and warrants have been issued for his arrest.

Caitlyn and Cayla Virts and Bobbie Jo Cortez

Caitlyn and Cayla Virts and Bobbie Jo Cortez

Timothy Virts

Timothy Virts

In the weeks prior to the murder/abduction, Bobbie Jo had actually allowed Virts to live in the home with her and their children despite the fact that Virts was not allowed to even have contact with Caitlyn and Cayla.  Timothy Virts has an extensive criminal record going back to 1999, with charges of domestic violence included on his rap sheet.  Bobbie Jo was awarded sole custody of Caitlyn and her twin sister in 2011.

Virts’ father, Peter Virts, only learned of his granddaughter’s abduction when he saw the Amber Alert on television.  He immediately called Bobbie Jo to see what was going on, his grandson answered the phone and handed it to a detective, who then informed Peter of the news.

Bobbi Jo Cortez

Bobbi Jo Cortez

Virts and Peter had not spoken in over a year, and Peter, in fact, had sought a protective order from Virts after Virts threatened him.  According to Peter, there was no one in the family that had a good relationship with his son.  Peter actually has adopted some of Virts’ other children and is currently raising them.  He hopes that his twin granddaughters can come live with him as well, after Caitlyn is found.  Peter says he doesn’t know where his son may have taken is granddaughter but is urging him to call and let him go pick her up.

Bobbi Jo and Daniel Cortez

Bobbi Jo and Daniel Cortez

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Police are asking everyone to be on the lookout for a black Dodge Durango with Maryland license plates 5AJ4458.  The Durango is registered to Daniel Cortez, Bobbie Jo’s husband.  Cortez is currently in jail on charges of sexually abusing a minor.  He was convicted in 2009 of a fourth-degree sex offense and is on the state’s sex offender registry.  He was arrested in December on ADDITIONAL sex offense charges, and has remained in jail since.

The entire situation is disturbing, and it is very apparent that we need to find Caitlyn and we need to find her soon.  Please be on the lookout for her and phone police IMMEDIATELY if you spot her, or have information regarding the case.

Caitlyn and Cayla Virts

Caitlyn and Cayla Virts

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Timothy Virts

White Male

Height: 6’3”     Weight: 280 lbs

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Caitlyn Virts, please immediately contact the Baltimore County Police Department at:

1-410-887-2222

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The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

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~ by LTWH on March 7, 2014.

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