3 Years After Vanishing, Family Hopes for Safe Return of Timmothy Pitzen

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ANTIOCH (WIFR) -- Three years after Timmothy Pitzen went missing, detectives still believe the now nine year old is alive and his grandmother isn't giving up hope.

Alana Anderson keeps a photo album brimming with pictures of her grandson Timmothy Pitzen but she hasn't been able to add a single new image for the last three years. Detectives with the Aurora Police Department say the boy was last seen in May 2011 while with his mother Amy Fry-Pitzen at a hotel in the Wisconsin Dells. However, the boy was nowhere to be found less than a day after his mother committed suicide in a Rockford motel.

"Whatever crazy things my daughter did to herself, she would never have hurt her child. She was an extraordinary mother,” says Alana Anderson, Timmothy;s grandmother.

Anderson has been able to add one new picture to her collection, a photo created by forensic artists with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It shows what Timmothy Pitzen would look like now as a 9-year-old.

"She loved that little boy more than anything else in her whole life and there’s no way she would have done anything like that, no way,” says Bryan Fry, Timmothy’s uncle.

The week before he went missing, Pitzen was with his grandmother and even though she didn't take photos of those final few days together, Anderson does have one memory she can cherish until the day her grandson returns home.

“The last night that I had him, he came in the morning and threw himself in bed and said ‘I love you grandma, you’re the best grandma in the whole world’ and I said ‘Tim, you're the best boy in the whole world too’” says Anderson.

Amy Fry-Pitzen’s cell phone was found in October 2013 along Route 28 in Illinois but detectives say nothing was found on it to indicate what happened to Timmothy. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Aurora Police at (630) 256-5500.

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