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Police seek girl missing after death at Md. home

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Photo - This undated handout photo provided by the Baltimore County Police Department shows Caitlyn Virts, who is missing and believed to be with her father, Timothy Virts. Police say emergency workers called to a Dundalk, Md., home Thursday found Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, dead in her bedroom. Homicide detectives conducting a death investigation learned that Caitlyn was missing from the home. An Amber Alert has been issued for Caitlyn, and authorities are concerned for her safety. (AP Photo/Baltimore County Police Department)
This undated handout photo provided by the Baltimore County Police Department shows Caitlyn Virts, who is missing and believed to be with her father, Timothy Virts. Police say emergency workers called to a Dundalk, Md., home Thursday found Caitlyn's mother, Bobbie Jo Cortez, dead in her bedroom. Homicide detectives conducting a death investigation learned that Caitlyn was missing from the home. An Amber Alert has been issued for Caitlyn, and authorities are concerned for her safety. (AP Photo/Baltimore County Police Department)
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Police searched Thursday for an 11-year-old girl who was reported missing after her mother was found slain in their home in Dundalk.

Baltimore County Police believe the girl, Caitlyn Virts, is with her father, 38-year-old Timothy Virts, and they are concerned for her safety, department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Caitlyn's mother, 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez, was found dead in her bedroom about 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Armacost would not say how Cortez was killed, only that she was slain. Maryland State Police sent an Amber Alert about 90 minutes after the mother was found.

Armacost said Caitlyn's twin sister and Cortez's young son, as well as two adults, were living at the home. Timothy Virts had also been staying there for the past several weeks, Armacost said.

The other children living in the home are with relatives, she said.

Police don't know what custody arrangements the parents had and they want to question Virts about Cortez's death.

Bonnie Cortez's husband, Daniel Cortez, 38, is jailed on charges that include sex abuse of a minor, Armacost said. He was indicted on those charges on Wednesday, according to online court records. The vehicle police believe Virts is driving is registered to Daniel Cortez.

Police described Virts as white, 6-fooot-3 and 280 pounds. He may be driving a black Dodge Durango with Maryland plates 5AJ4458.

Police are not sure what, if any, relationship there is between charges against Daniel Cortez, Bonnie Cortez's slaying and Caitlyn's abduction, Armacost said.

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