Timothy Virts

Timothy Virts is shown in this police photograph. (Baltimore County Police / March 14, 2014)

Baltimore County police say Timothy Virts has returned to Maryland to face homicide allegations, a week after the abduction of his daughter and the killing of her mother sparked a multistate manhunt.

Virts, 38, is charged in the March 6 death of 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez at her Ardee Way home in Dundalk. Police said that after killing Cortez, Virts took their 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn and fled the area in a Dodge Durango owned by Cortez's husband.

Police issued an Amber Alert for Caitlyn, and both were located the following day in a motel in Florence, S.C. A motel owner called police after recognizing them from the Amber Alert.

Virts was taken into custody by local police. Caitlyn was found unharmed and taken by local social services workers. Her family has said she flew back to Maryland on March 8.

Police said on Friday it is still unclear when Cortez was last seen alive, but detectives have confirmed that she was alive on March 5. Police said Caitlyn, her twin sister Cayla and a 13-year-old brother were home when their mother was killed.

Family said Cortez's daughter, Cayla, made the discovery, and that Bobbie Jo Cortez was bound with duct tape. Virts will be sent to Baltimore County Detention Center and held without bail. Court records do not list an attorney for Virts.

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