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By Baltimore Sun reporter | February 12, 2010
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 4-year-old Elkton girl, said the Maryland State police on behalf of the Cecil County Sheriff's office on Friday night. Police say that 4-year-old Hannah Lynn Harrigan was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. Friday with 32-year-old Peter Jyles Pelletier of 5655 Telegraph Road in Elkton. He was operating a green 1995 Ford Mustang with Maryland registration tags 9EFL19. Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or the Cecil County Sheriff's Office at 410-996-5511.
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By Jessica Anderson and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
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.
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By Jessica Anderson and Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
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.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
On March 20, police in Washington issued an Amber Alert for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, alerting residents that the girl could be traveling with a suspected abductor. Washington police said they asked law enforcement agencies across the region to extend the alert. But Maryland officials say they never got the request, though some of the initial search for the girl centered in neighboring Prince George's County. "The bottom line is this: The Maryland State Police have never been asked to issue an Amber Alert in this case," said spokesman Gregory M. Shipley.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2010
Police have recovered a 2-year-old boy who they believed was abducted from a Washington, D.C. Metro station by his mother's ex-boyfriend, after Prince George's County law enforcement officials issued an Amber Alert Saturday morning about his disappearance. Aaron Gomez was returned to a family member's home in Hyattsville safe and unharmed around 2 p.m. Saturday, said to Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, of the Prince George's County Police Department. Rodriguez said the boy was dropped off by the mother's ex-boyfriend, who remains at large.
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By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com | February 16, 2010
On Friday afternoon, Baltimore police said a man abducted his girlfriend's two daughters, ages 3 and 5. A few hours later, police in Elkton said a man took his estranged wife's 4-year-old daughter. Saturday night, Prince George's County authorities reported that an acquaintance had taken an 11-year-old girl. And on Monday, Howard County police said a teenager in foster care had run off with the 15-month-old girl she had been baby-sitting. In just two cases - the abductions from Prince George's and Cecil counties - did officials broadcast an Amber Alert, which flashes emergency information on highway billboards and breaks into television shows to enlist the help of viewers.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
On March 20, police in Washington issued an Amber Alert for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, alerting residents that the girl could be traveling with a suspected abductor. Washington police said they asked law enforcement agencies across the region to extend the alert. But Maryland officials say they never got the request, though some of the initial search for the girl centered in neighboring Prince George's County. "The bottom line is this: The Maryland State Police have never been asked to issue an Amber Alert in this case," said spokesman Gregory M. Shipley.
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By Robert Little and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 14, 2010
Two men have been arrested and two Maryland girls have been found safe after police issued Amber Alerts over the weekend seeking help in solving the girls' alleged kidnappings. The first alert was issued Friday night, after police in Cecil County received reports of the abduction of a 4-year-old Elkton girl. Police found the girl Saturday at a convenience store in Glasgow, Del., and arrested 32-year-old Peter Jyles Pelletier in connection with her disappearance. Pelletier's estranged wife is the girl's mother.
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By Jessica Anderson and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
Police and relatives of abducted girl Caitlyn Virts credited the use of the Amber Alert system and the quick, eager fingers of social media users with helping authorities find the 11-year-old in Florence, S.C., on Friday. Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson said at a news conference Saturday that police now have powerful tools to quickly alert large numbers of people about missing children - and dubbed people who see notifications and feed tips to police "keyboard crime fighters.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2003
Responding to confusion over Maryland's first Amber Alert message on highway signs two weeks ago, state officials agreed yesterday to a slight change in the wording of future advisories. Highway message boards now will flash "Child Amber Alert" when police are looking for a missing child, officials said yesterday. When the highway signs were used Feb. 11 -- a day when Osama bin Laden's terrorist network was again encouraging attacks on U.S. interests -- some motorists thought the Amber Alert referred to a terrorist suspect.
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By Peter Hermann and Lynh Bui and The Washington Post | March 25, 2014
The search for a missing 8-year-old D.C. girl and the man police believe she is with continued Monday as authorities posted a $25,000 reward and released new photos of the child and suspect in a hunt that now stretches from Pennsylvania to Richmond. "We will follow every lead and every investigative tip that comes in," said D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. "No bit of information is too small. . . . Our primary goal right now is to find this little girl. " Relisha Rudd , who had lived with her mother at a homeless shelter at the old D.C. General Hospital, has been the subject of an intense search since Wednesday, when police first got involved.
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By Lynh Bui and Peter Hermann and The Washington Post | March 21, 2014
D.C. police said early Friday morning that the white truck they had been looking for in a search for a missing 8-year-old girl was found Thursday in Hyattsville. The search for the missing girl urgent Thursday as D.C. police issued a regional alert after finding the body of a woman linked to the case in an Oxon Hill motel room. Dozens of officers and detectives converged on the Red Roof Inn as well as at a homeless shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital, where the girl's mother lives.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
A Washington man who authorities say may be with a missing 8-year-old girl has been charged with his wife's murder. Prince George's County police said Friday they obtained an arrest warrant for Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, of the 2500 block of N Street in Southeast Washington. He is wanted in connection with the death of 51-year-old Andrea Denise Tatum, who was found dead Thursday from a gunshot wound in a motel room on Oxon Hill Road. Investigators believe that Kahlil Tatum may be with Relisha Tenau Rudd, for whom an Amber Alert was issued Thursday.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2014
Timothy Virts, accused of killing Bobbie Jo Cortez this month and abducting one of their daughters, will remain in jail pending trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. Virts, 38, waived his right to attend a bail hearing and did not appear in court. No attorney was present. The judge complied with a prosecutor's request to continue holding Virts without bail. Police say Virts stabbed 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez in her house in the 3100 Ardee Way in Dundalk earlier this month and fled the area with their 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn Virts.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Baltimore County police say Timothy Virts has returned to Maryland to face homicide allegations, a week after the abduction of his daughter and the killing of her mother sparked a multistate manhunt. Virts, 38, is charged in the March 6 death of 36-year-old Bobbie Jo Cortez at her Ardee Way home in Dundalk. Police said that after killing Cortez, Virts took their 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn and fled the area in a Dodge Durango owned by Cortez's husband. Police issued an Amber Alert for Caitlyn, and both were located the following day in a motel in Florence, S.C. A motel owner called police after recognizing them from the Amber Alert.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
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.
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By Bryan A. Keogh and Bryan A. Keogh,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 28, 2003
WASHINGTON - House members overwhelmingly passed legislation creating a widely popular nationwide Amber Alert network yesterday, but they bundled it with a host of other child protection measures whose support in the Senate is uncertain. A conference committee will likely be convened soon to forge compromise legislation between the House's large package of mostly punitive programs and the standalone national Amber Alert measure that the Senate passed in January. Since the recovery two weeks ago of Elizabeth Smart, the Salt Lake City teen-ager who had been missing for about nine months, pressure has mounted for congressional action on the Amber Alert legislation, whose main provision would coordinate "missing child" alerts among the 88 disparate city, state and regional volunteer programs currently in place.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2003
The clock begins ticking when a child is reported missing. In 20 minutes, the time it takes to shower or walk the dog, Maryland State Police Lt. Barry E. Leese can spread the news of a child's kidnapping across the state of Maryland. The 28-year police veteran oversees the state's Amber Alert system, which uses highway signs and television and radio broadcasts to notify the public of a child abduction. On one level, Amber Alerts have been successful in Maryland, which activated the system in August.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2014
The 11-year-old Dundalk girl found after a frantic, multistate search has been reunited with her twin sister, family members said Sunday. Caitlyn Virts and her twin sister, Cayla, were back together in the care of Baltimore County social services workers, according to the twins' grandmother, Anna Trainor-Goodwin. Police found Caitlyn in a Florence, S.C., hotel Friday after issuing an Amber Alert and fielding thousands of tips. "I'm hoping and praying that they let me have them," said Trainor-Goodwin, who lives near Patterson Park in Baltimore.
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By Jessica Anderson, Yvonne Wenger and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
- The Dundalk father and daughter sought in a multi-state search were found a day after they inconspicuously checked in at a small South Carolina motel more than 400 miles from where their journey began. Timothy Virts handed over $36 in cash for a single room with his 11-year-old daughter Caitlyn smiling by his side. Colonial Inn co-owner Carol Gause could tell the pair was "a little girl and her daddy. " "I didn't sense anything wrong," said Gause, who rented them Room 101, a single next to the motel office, on Thursday night.
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