It has been almost exactly two years since Timmothy Pitzen, a six year old aurora boy, disappeared. No one has seen or heard from him. Timmothy's mom, investigators found, dead in a Rockford motel.
Aurora police still treat this as a missing persons case. They say Timmothy is out there, and they think somebody knows where.
"There's not one shred of evidence that indicates that Timmothy was harmed in any way," says Aurora Police Detective Lee Catavu.
On May 11th, 2011, Timmothy's mother Amy Fry-Pitzen took him out of school for an impromptu vacation. The two stayed at the Key Lime Cove resort in Gurnee, Then the Kalahari resort in the Wisconsin Dells the following night. Hotel surveillance video shows them checking out May 13th.
"And then they drove south back into Illinois, and then west on 88," says Catavu. "And when they were near the Sterling/Rock Falls area of west Illinois, Amy powered her phone back on and made a series of calls."
Timmothy was heard in the background of some of those calls. Some people on the other end of the phone even spoke directly with him. That was around 1 in the afternoon. Six hours later, Amy stopped at a Winnebago grocery store. She was alone.
Two days later, police discovered Amy's body at the Rockford Motel on 11th street. She had slit her own wrists. In a note, she said she left Timmothy with someone, and he was fine. She didn't say who or where.
Catavu says, "We're still missing Amy's cell phone, her iPass, Timmothy's backpack, various clothing and toys so I mean if someone were to find that or discover that or if they had done so in the past couple of year, it would be really helpful if they called us and let us know."
The case may seem cold, but tips continue to come in. "There was actually two tips that I needed to follow up on at my desk when I came in," says Catavu.
Aurora police have a special page dedicated to the case on their website with more information.
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