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'Protected by Witchcraft': Baltimore County Police Identify Murder Suspect Vehicle

Police say the man driving the Dodge Durango with Maryland tag 5AJ4458 is wanted on murder charges and may have abducted his 11-year-old daughter.

Anyone with information may contact 911. (Credit: FBI)
Anyone with information may contact 911. (Credit: FBI)
Police say the man they suspect abducted his daughter and killed her mother in Dundalk Thursday is driving a black 1999 Dodge Durango with a bumper sticker that has "Protected by Witchcraft" and other stickers on it, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

Timothy Howard Virts, 38, is thought to be in the vehicle with his daughter, Caitlyn Marie Virts, 11, police said. He is a white man who is 6'3" and 280 pounds, police said. Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said that officials consider him dangerous and possibly armed.

The Dodge Durango has the following identifying features, visible from the rear:
  • "Protected by Witchcraft" sticker on right bumper
  • Ravens sticker on upper left window
  • Redskins sticker on upper right window
  • Zombie family sticker in middle left

Police said Virts is believed to be driving the black Dodge Durango, which has the Maryland tag 5AJ4458.

The Baltimore County Police Department has an arrest warrant charging Virts in the murder of Bobbie Jo Cortez, 36. Cortez was found dead in her home in Dundalk Thursday morning, police said.

When authorities arrived at the crime scene in the 3100 block of Ardee Way in Dundalk, one of the deceased woman's daughters—Caitlyn Marie Virts—was missing, and so was the Dodge Durango, police said.

The Durango is registered to Daniel Williams Cortez, 38, the dead woman's husband, police said. Daniel Williams Cortez is at the Baltimore County Detention Center on various sex offense charges that police said officials did not think were not related to the homicide and abduction.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals are assisting in the investigation. Anyone who sees the Durango should call 911.

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Kristen Headley-Black March 07, 2014 at 09:55 PM
The saying is not ODD. I see that sticker in a variety of colors on a variety of vehicles, but the zombie family is newer release and would be a good key to look for. Not many have that sticker set yet and it would be on less vehicles than the witchcraft sticker. Way to offend a group that covers several religious paths...
lee77 March 08, 2014 at 08:08 AM
It's hard to believe some of those posting here claim to be offended and accuse the writer of religious discrimination. All Jenney did was report what police said. So it is the police who are guilty of being "politically incorrect."
Buck Harmon March 08, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Witchcraft is a craft, not a religion...it's the kind of bumper sticker that would stand out, and obviously the perceived protection didn't work out very well...
Morgan Ravenwood March 09, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Actually, you are correct about witchcraft itself. The religion is WICCA, whose practitioners may or may not practice witchcraft. You don't have to be a Wiccan OR a Witch to purchase a $2.00 bumper sticker that says "protected by witchcraft." What if it said "god is my co-pilot?" The implication would STILL be that it didn't work out so well. WAY too much attention being paid to a stupid bumper sticker IMO.
edward myers March 30, 2014 at 08:32 AM
this is idiotic black Durango thousands of them protected by witchcraft thousands tougher not so many. protected by witchcraft is rather od and is something most people would remember easier than 5aj4458, so black Durango check protected by witch craft sticker check, check tag number check. much better than calling every black dodge Durango also almost every dodge Durango in the Baltimore metropolitan area has a ravens sticker, so it won't help. I actually checked five black Durango's that day and if I had heard about the bumper sticker I could have saved my effort. The release to the bumper sticker info was a good call and anyone feigning offence, is not helping the wiccans or anyone else by being so petty.

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