TIMMOTHY PITZEN – Missing May 12, 2011 – UPDATED 09.27.2013
Date of Birth: October 18, 2004
Height: 4’2” Weight: 70 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Missing: May 12, 2011 From: Aurora, IL
Timmothy Pitzen lived with his parents, James Pitzen and Amy Joan Marie Fry-Pitzen, in Aurora, Illinois at the time of his disappearance; he is their only child
On the morning of Wednesday May 11th, 2011, Amy Fry Pitzen, Timmothy’s mother, removed Timmothy from his kindergarten class at Greenman Elementary School, without telling anyone her plans, and went on a 3 day 500 mile road trip, stopping at zoos and water parks.
After checking him out of school, she drove to an auto repair shop and dropped off her blue 2004 Ford Expedition SUV at 10:00 a.m. One of the repair shop employees drove Amy and Timmothy to the Brookfield Zoo, and at 3:00 p.m. she came to pick up her repaired vehicle and drove with Timmothy to the Key Lime Cove Resort in Gurnee, Illinois, where they spent the night.
Amy and Timmothy were originally reported missing at about 1:00 p.m. Thursday by Amy’s husband, who is also the boy’s father, from their home in the 400 block of North Highland Avenue after he went to pick Timmothy up from Kindergarten and found out his mother had taken him. He called her cellular phone numerous times but got no answer.
On May 12, Amy and Timmothy drove to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The following morning at 10:00 a.m., security camera footage showed them waiting in line to check out. At 1:30 p.m. Amy made several cellular calls to her loved ones to say she and Timmothy were fine and not in trouble. Timmothy could be heard in the background and sounded normal, saying only that he was hungry. This was the last time anyone heard from Timmothy. Aurora Police say that cell phone records indicate that the calls and texts were placed from the Sterling/Rock Falls, Ill. area.
At 7:25 p.m. Amy was sighted at a Family Dollar Store in Winnebago, Illinois, where she purchased stationary. This time she was alone. She went to the nearby Sullivan’s Foods at 8:00 p.m., then checked into the Rockford Inn, located in the 3800 block of 11th Street in Rockford, Illinois between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m. Some time that night or the next morning, she tragically took her own life by slashing her wrists and neck; she also had taken an overdose of antihistamines. She was 43 years old. The Inn’s employees found her body at 12:30 p.m. the next day, May 14.
Amy left a note and two letters in the mail (one to her mother, and one to a friend) saying Timmothy was fine and with people who cared about him, but she didn’t name those people. One of her notes said that no one would ever find him. Her cellular phone was missing and has not been found. Other items were also missing, including Timmothy’s Spider Man backpack, his toys and clothes, the clothes Amy was wearing when she checked out of the Kalahari Resort, a tube of Crest toothpaste and an iPass transponder.
Authorities initaially believed that Amy had in fact given Timmothy to other people to care for in part because his car seat was missing. However the car seat turned up in Timmothy’s grandmother’s possession in Wooster, Ohio; she had since a week before Timothy disappeared. As the days passed without any indication of the child’s whereabouts, police became increasingly concerned for his safety. A week after being reported missing, the FBI and US Marshall’s joined the search for Timmothy. Dogs and searchers were brought in for the search, with official’s clearly stating that the presence of the dogs does not mean they are searching for a body, but rather they are looking for clues such as Timmothy’s backpack. With the concern surrounding the whereabouts of Timmothy Pitzen mounting, it spiked when law enforcement found an ‘alarming amount’ of Timmothy’s blood in the backseat of his mother’s 2004 Ford Exhibition SUV. However, it is nearly impossible to tell how long the blood has been there. Family members believe it could be from a nose bleed, which Timmothy suffered from for the past year or so. The knife Amy used to commit suicide only had her own blood on it.
Amy’s SUV was “visibly dirty” and had soil, tall grass and weeds stuck to the undercarriage when it was located after her death. Forensic testing on the plant and sediment materials on the car indicated it stopped for a time on a gravel area just off an asphalt road that had at one time been treated with glass road-making beads. The vehicle backed into a grassy meadow or field which contained Queen Anne’s Lace and black mustard plants and would have been nearly treeless; some oak or birch trees were in the general area but not in the direct place where the car stopped. There was possibly a pond or small stream close by. There were no indications that the land was cultivated as either a lawn or for growing crops. Investigators think the meadow is probably in Lee County or Whiteside County in north western Illinois, but they are also considering Carroll, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.
Investigators believe Amy had been planning Timmothy’s disappearance for months. In February and March 2011, she took two unexplained trips to the area he would later disappear from. She had an email account opened under her maiden name in 2007, and kept it a secret from her husband, but the account didn’t contain anything useful to the investigation.
James stated he was baffled by his wife’s suicide and Timmothy’s disappearance, and had no idea where his son could be. He and Amy’s mother both stated that she loves Timmothy and they didn’t believe she would have harmed him. Amy had suffered from depression and had several suicide attempts in the past, along with reportedly leaving the home for extended periods of time. All of Timmothy’s family members have been cooperative with the investigation, and none of them are named as suspects in his disappearance.
Timmothy is described as a very active, outgoing boy and a natural leader who is at ease with both adults and other children. He enjoys going to the zoo, using playground equipment such as the swing and sandbox, bike riding, go karting, and his Matchbox car collection. He was learning how to swim at the time of his disappearance. His favorite foods are Chuck E Cheeze pizza, yogurt, macaroni and cheese and anything from McDonald’s.
As of to date there have been no new leads in the case, but the search for young Timmothy Pitzen continues.
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