Baltimore County

Timothy Virts indicted following Amber Alert case

Timothy Virts, subject of a manhunt last month that triggered a multistate Amber Alert ending at a South Carolina motel, has been formally indicted on charges that he abducted his 11-year-old daughter and killed her mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36.

Virts was indicted Monday by a grand jury in Baltimore County on nine counts, including murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual abuse and other charges, according to court records. The murder charge alone carries a potential life sentence.


No trial date has been set, but Virts is expected to appear in court for an arraignment hearing within 30 days.

Police allege that Virts, 38, stabbed Cortez at her Dundalk home, stole her car and took one of his twin daughters, Caitlyn, with him on March 6, leading police on a search that garnered national attention. He and the girl were found March 8 in South Carolina after a motel clerk recognized them and called police. Virts was arrested without incident.


Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger declined to comment on the case on Tuesday, and said his office doesn't know if Virts has an attorney representing him. None is listed in court records.

Virts waived a bail hearing in District Court on March 18, and no attorney appeared on his behalf at that proceeding. He's being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

His father, Peter Virts, said he's talked to his son since his arrest. "I let him call me twice. He knows he did wrong," Peter Virts said.

Virts said he no longer wants to communicate with his son, though he added, "He's my son. I still love him."

A member of Bobbie Jo Cortez's family could not be reached for comment.