The Case of Timmothy Pitzen, a Missing Boy Whose Mother’s Suicide Note Promised He Would Never Be Found

Picture of Timmothy Pitzen and his mother Amy. (Image credit here.)

Picture of Timmothy Pitzen and his mother Amy. (Image credit here.)

On May 11, 2011, Amy Fry-Pitzen picked her 6-year-old son Timmothy up from his kindergarten class at Greenman Elementary School in Aurora, Illinois. It was only 8:35 AM, but Amy said that the boy had to leave early because of a family emergency. When Amy’s husband and Timmothy’s father James arrived at the school to pick Timmothy up at the usual time, he was surprised to hear that Amy had already gotten Timmothy. As he told school officials, he didn’t know of any family emergency. He tried calling Amy afterward, but she never picked up her phone.

Surveillance footage of Amy and Timmothy leaving his school. (Image credit here.)

Surveillance footage of Amy and Timmothy leaving his school. (Image credit here.)

Two days after Amy and Timmothy disappeared, Amy used her cellphone to call some of her friends and family to tell them that she and her son were okay. Timmothy was heard in the background by a few of the callers, and some of them even had a conversation with him. The same night, Amy checked into a motel in Illinois by herself. Her body was found dead the next afternoon by hotel employees.

Amy had slashed her wrists and taken a fatal dose of antihistamines. No trace of Timmothy was anywhere to be found, and Amy’s cellphone was also missing.  A suicide note Amy left behind promised that Timmothy was safe with people who would take care of him, but claimed that he would never be found. While investigators found a stain of Timmothy’s blood in Amy’s SUV, they weren’t sure how old it was. Relatives said it was probably from a nosebleed the boy had more than a year before.

Amy Fry-Pitzen's SUV. (Image credit here.)

Amy Fry-Pitzen’s SUV. (Image credit here.)

From eyewitness reports and surveillance footage, we know that Amy and Timmothy went to a car repair shop after Amy had gotten him from school. They went to the zoo as they waited for the car to get fixed, and then Amy drove them to the KeyLime Cove Resort. In the morning, they went to another resort, this time in Wisconsin. They stayed the night there, and Timmothy was seen in line with Amy when she checked out around 10 AM. Amy made her phone calls at 1:30 PM, but was seen shopping back in Illinois around 7 PM. She checked into the Rockford Inn around 11 PM, the last time she was seen alive.

Surveillance footage of Amy walking into a store a few hours before her death. (Image credit here.)

Surveillance footage of Amy walking into a store a few hours before her death. (Image credit here.)

While Amy suffered from depression and had once made a suicide attempt before, her family and friends don’t believe that she had any reason to hurt Timmothy. Police suspect that the whole affair had been planned, and Amy had traveled to a few of the spots included in her trip a few months before her death.

(The left picture is of Timmothy before his disappearance. The right is an age-progression picture of what Timmothy might look like as a 10-year-old. (Image credit here.)

(The left picture is of Timmothy before his disappearance. The right is an age-progression picture of what Timmothy might look like as a 10-year-old. (Image credit here.)

In October 2013, Amy’s phone was turned into police by a woman who had found it along a road in Illinois 2 years earlier. The phone, however, contained no further clues, and a search of the area where it was found turned up nothing. A review of her phone records and emails have shown that Amy wasn’t in contact with anybody who her family was unfamiliar with. While there have been unconfirmed sightings of Timmothy since his disappearance, there is a bleak suspicion that Amy might have lied about his whereabouts and committed suicide after killing him.

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4 thoughts on “The Case of Timmothy Pitzen, a Missing Boy Whose Mother’s Suicide Note Promised He Would Never Be Found

  1. As I continue to try and follow this beautiful little missing child ( Timothy Pitzen, why don’t people start looking for this child’s body out there in those fields, because that’s where he is, this lady didn’t hand this child off to no one, she killed him, seach for his body people.

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  2. I have not been able to get this case out of my mind since I watched the 20/20 episode of investigations not long ago, for the first time in the summer, 2016. I seem to be a bit obsessed, since I am familiar with Northern Illinois, including Rockford, Winnebago, and the Sterling|Rockfalls area. I cannot understand suicide at all. Not judging by any means! I just don’t get it! There isn’t anybody in this world that Timmothy loved more than his mother. I feel extremely confident in saying so.
    It would be fan mf tastic if the boy was found alive. Nothing would make me happier to see that lil boy reunited with his father and grandparents.’ There is part of me that thinks there may be a very small chance he is deceased, thrown in a field somewhere in a shallow grave. Remember folks, she slit her throat and wrists in a dirty hotel room, where most rent to prostitute and abuse drugs, for $40 or less a night, with a carpet knife after taking an overdose of antihistamines to make her tired, hoping to die while sleeping. My point being that she wasn’t stable and mentally disturbed. I don’t know about you but I’ve watched plenty of missing children cases on crime tv, that the mother loved more than anything, but killed her children anyway. That being said, just about every bad senerio that runs through my head, could very well be reality😪
    Unfortunately, one will never know unless or until Tim is located dead or alive. My heart breaks for her mother and Tim’s father. The not knowing has to be the most painful, gut wrenching experience one could ever go through.
    I’m praying for the family members who live and relive this nightmare, morning, noon and night, day after day, minute after minute, second after second, 24/7, every week, all the months long!!
    Please!!!! If you have the boy or information pertaining to his whereabouts, please contact his family, or your local police dept or crime stoppers.
    It’s been too long folks!!! I’m not giving up yet!!

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  3. As sad as it may be, they need to start looking for his body in those remote areas she was in. If she’d been in touch with someone and built enough trust for them to take, raise, love and hide her child. I believe they’d be at least a phone trail. But they’ve found absolutely nothing but a note giving false hope to stop a body search.

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