Baltimore County

Timothy Virts waives extradition to Maryland

Timothy Virts, the man who allegedly killed the mother of his children and then fled to South Carolina with one daughter, has waived his right to extradition proceedings, authorities said Monday.

Virts, 38, is waiting to be transported by Maryland authorities, South Carolina officials said Monday. Baltimore County police said they are working with police in South Carolina on his return but have not determined when he will handed over.


"He'll be flown back," and the department is working with Maryland State Police's aviation unit, county police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email.

Virts is charged in the death of 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez, who was found fatally stabbed Thursday in her Ardee Way home in Dundalk.


Baltimore County police said Monday that they believe Virts killed Bobbie Jo Cortez before 6 p.m. Wednesday and fled sometime after 6 a.m. Thursday with Cortez's 11-year-old daughter, Caitlyn Virts.

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.

Shortly after the discovery, police issued an Amber Alert for Caitlyn, saying they were worried about her safety.

Police said Virts fled in a Dodge Durango that was registered to Cortez's husband, 38-year-old Daniel Williams Cortez, who has been jailed since December on sex offense charges. Baltimore County police said the charges are not related to the alleged abduction.

Police have not identified a motive in the case.

Virts and Caitlyn were found late Friday night more than 400 miles from Dundalk in a motel room in Florence, S.C., after a motel employee notified authorities upon seeing the Amber Alert for Caitlyn on Facebook. Caitlyn was unharmed.

County homicide detectives flew to South Carolina after Virts' arrest and continue to interview him. Police said they are withholding what Virts told detectives, citing the continuing investigation. Court documents containing additional information will be made public when Virts is arraigned in Baltimore County.

Family said Caitlyn flew back to Maryland on Saturday. Police said Baltimore County's Department of Health and Human Services reunited Caitlyn with her siblings, and that all three remain in the care of social services.


A Facebook page, "In Loving Memory of Bobbie Jo Cortez," has been set up to "spread good memories about Bobbie and to pay respects," it says.

One user wrote on Saturday, "Bobbie was a person who never turned anyone down who asked for help, and always had a smile, and usually a hug."

A memorial visitation service is scheduled 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Bailey Funeral Home at 4023 Annapolis Road in Halethorpe.