Police Release New Details About Missing Child, Timmothy Pitzen

There’s a mystery involving a missing boy in Aurora, and police are seeking answers. Three years ago, 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen was sitting inside his Greenman Elementary School when he was picked up because of a family emergency.

Police said his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, went to the school to pick up her son. From that point on, no one knows for certain what happened to Timmothy.

On May 13, 2011, Amy was found dead inside a Rockford hotel. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) said:

“Detectives say a haunting note was left behind saying Timmothy was safe, with someone who loved him and that he would never be found.”

As for the “family emergency” investigators figured out there really wasn’t one.

Detective Lee Catavu with the Aurora Police Department is not only releasing new details, but their team also worked with NCMEC to produce a new age enhanced photo of Timmothy could possibly look like today (above).

Detective Catavu also said there is absolutely no evidence to suggest Amy would ever hurt her son and he continues to work this case as if Timmothy is alive.

Along with the new age enhanced photo, authorities are also asking residents, hikers, bikers and boaters in northwestern Illinois for these missing items:

• Timmothy’s Spider-Man backpack
• Amy’s I-Pass device
• Several toys and a tube of toothpaste that Amy bought for Timmothy before he disappeared

As for Amy’s SUV, NCMEC said:

Aurora Police contracted a private forensics lab based in Elgin, Illinois, to process the dust, vegetation and other materials found on Amy Fry-Pitzen’s vehicle.”


NCMEC lists the forensic findings from Microtrace LLC:

• Based on sediments and plant material, the vehicle was stopped for an unknown period of time on a wide gravel shoulder, gravel road, or short gravel turnout either adjacent to, or just off of, an asphalt secondary road that had at one time, been treated with glass road-marking beads.

• In close proximity to the gravel shoulder or road where the vehicle stopped, it backed into a grassy meadow or field to a spot that is nearly treeless.

• There are birch and oak trees in the general area but not directly over or at the spot where the SUV stopped. Both Queen Anne’s Lace and black mustard plants grow in a row along the border of the field or the shoulder of the road.

• In addition, there is no corn growing in or adjacent to the spot where the SUV stopped, nor is there any indication that the area had been used for agriculture in the recent past. Instead, the evidence strongly suggests that grasses have been the only major plants growing in the immediate area which leads scientists to believe that it is a meadow and not, for example, a field that had once been farmland and not recently sown.

• Forensic results indicate that the grass was not cut which helps rule out a rural residential lawn or a park.

• There is also a strong likelihood that there is a pond, small stream, or creek in the area.

• Scientists further believe that the meadow is most likely in Northwestern Illinois with Lee and Whiteside Counties as the most likely locations.

• However, areas in Carroll, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties cannot be ruled out.

• Microtrace has since performed other tests but has not been able to further narrow down the six-county area – an area much too large for police to conduct ground searches.

The Inside Story, Timmothy Pitzen Case from NCMEC on Vimeo.

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