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Murder and kidnapping suspect Timothy Virts has ties to McDowell County

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Baltimore County police are charging Timothy Virts with kidnapping his daughter Caitlyn and with the death of the girl's mother.

We're getting tips from the public that Timothy Virts has ties to McDowell County. We confirmed Virts lived in Roderfield, McDowell County and worked at Save-A-lot in Welch between 2012 to 2013.

We respected the wishes of the manager of Save-A-Lot who asked to not be on camera, however she did tell 59News Virts was a quiet, hard worker who kept to himself.

Our crews approached McDowell County residents and showed them pictures of Caitlyn and Timothy Virts in hopes they would recognize them. Unfortunately, no one we spoke with had any information on their whereabouts, but, everyone told us they would now be on high alert for both of them.

McDowell County Sheriff Martin told 59News since the Amber Alert system began, 679 children have been found, all through the help of the public and through social media.

"Now that all 50 states are participating in the Amber Alert system, with social media, it has saved 679 lives. So many families are happy today because of it," said the Sheriff

Sheriff Martin stressed the importance of and his gratitude towards the help of the public. He said without everyone's retweets, facebook shares and simple word-of-mouth, solving crimes would hardly be possible.

"It's always through tips, having a description of the vehicle, and people seeing it that puts the public on alert. When they see the vehicle, they call in. We have to check out every tip, and because of that, so many crimes have been solved," he said.

If you see Timothy or Caitlyn Virts, please call 911 immediately. The FBI is asking the public to not engage them because that might interfere with their investigation.