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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.