STATELINE (WIFR) – Detectives say they strongly believe Timmothy Pitzen is still alive. He’s the six-year-old discovered missing when his mother committed suicide in a Rockford motel two years ago.
Investigators say that out of the dozens of people they interviewed, not one person has led them to believe Pitzen’s mom would hurt her son.
It’s a case that haunts many mothers here in the Stateline. It’s been two years since Pitzen vanished and police say despite time passing by, they will not give up on this investigation.
“When Aurora Police Detective Lee Catavu walked into his office this morning, he had two leads on his desk. The investigator considers the tips a sign the community hasn’t given up on the search for Timmothy Pitzen.
Catavu says his department gets roughly five calls a month from people nationwide who believe they’ve spotted the soon to be nine-year-old. Detectives are now re-interviewing more than 60 people who all say the boy’s mother, Amy Fry Pitzen would never have hurt her son.
Police are treating the investigation as a missing person’s case and are working tirelessly on a timeline that seems to provide no answers. Detectives say after a trip to the Wisconsin Dells with her son, Fry-Pitzen was last with Timmothy in the Sterling Rock Falls area where the two made calls to family around 1:30 that day. That’s where the case turned cold. Police say that more than six hours later, Fry-Pitzen showed up alone at the Sullivan’s grocery store in Winnebago. Officers say it then took her three hours to check into a Rockford motel where she ended her life, leaving a letter behind.
“In that suicide note I guess the most important part is that he’s somewhere safe with someone who will love him and take care of him.”
It’s now finding that “someone” along with Timmothy.
Police are hoping forensic evidence will help lead them to Timmothy. Detectives say they know Fry-Pitzen stopped her SUV before taking her life and believe she pulled off an asphalt road onto a gravel road that’s likely near a grassy meadow or field, but nowhere near trees or corn, they know those specifics.
Police say the missing persons case out of Cleveland, where three women were found after ten years of captivity gives them inspiration not to give up on the investigation. Detectives say it’s another reason to never write off a case.