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BALTIMORE, Md. — An Amber Alert was issued Thursday morning for an 11-year-old girl after police said she disappeared from her Dundalk home where they found her mother dead.

Maryland State Police issued the alert at 10:46 a.m. for Caitlyn Marie Virts. Baltimore County police said Caitlyn was last seen around 7 a.m. at her Dundalk home in the 3100 block of Ardee Way.

Investigators said they were called to that same home around 9:15 a.m. after getting reports of a cardiac arrest. When officers arrived, they said they found a dead woman in the home identified as Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36. Homicide detectives are currently investigating the death.

Police said Cortez is Caitlyn’s mother and that there were two other children, Caitlyn’s twin sister and a boy, who lived in the home who are safe.

Police believe Caitlyn was abducted by her father, Timothy Howard Virts. Detectives are concerned for her safety because she is not supposed to be with him. Police said Cortez recently allowed Timothy Virts to live with them in the house.

Police said Caitlyn is white, 5 feet tall and weighs 80 pounds. Officials didn’t have a description of what she was wearing but said she might be wearing glasses.

Police said Timothy Virts, 38, is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds. The pair might be riding in a black 1999 Dodge Durango with Maryland tags 5AJ4458.

Those license plates are registered to Cortez’s husband, Daniel, who police said is in jail on sex offense charges.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately or Baltimore County police at 410-887-7320. Police stress to not take any action so the girl won’t be in further danger.

3-year-old girl, 4-year-old boy abducted from residence 

LANCASTER CITY, Penn. —Two young Pennsylvania children who were abducted at gunpoint triggering a multistate Amber Alert have been found safe, according to reports.

The children, Erielys Ahorrio, 3, and John Ahorrio, 4, were found near Philadelphia with their mother’s ex-boyfriend, Eddie Ahorrio Jr., 23, and his father Eddie Ahorrio S., 47. Both men are in police custody.

The children were abducted from a residence on Almanac Avenue in Lancaster City at gunpoint Thursday.

Police say the younger Ahorrio was angry after the children’s mother broke up with him last week and had threatened to take the kids before.

Authorities said the car that they drove off in is a black 1994 Nissan Altima with Pennsylvania license plate: JJG 8170.

Initially it was believed that the car may have been headed toward Worcester, but a 6:54 a.m. Amber Alert update stated, “It is believed they are traveling back into Pennsylvania from New Jersey.”

The group was found at about 7:30 a.m. near Philadelphia.

The mother was being interviewed by police.