AURORA (WIFR) -- Police are releasing their last security footage involving a missing 7-year-old and his mother. Timmothy Pitzen disappeared exactly one year ago today and was last seen here in the Stateline hours before his mother committed suicide in a Rockford motel.
Aurora Police say it was a year ago today Amy Fry-Pitzen came into his elementary school and pulled him out saying it was an emergency. That moment led to his disappearance and many unanswered questions.
Aurora Police Department Spokesman Dan Ferrelli never thought the message he wrote on his white board 12 months ago would be up today. Nowone year later it’s a constant reminder of his mission to find Timmothy Pitzen.
Ferrelli said, "Unfortunately we are not farther now that we have been during this investigation."
The department just released what detectives call their last recorded evidence of Timmothy: a video of the 7-year-old at Key Lime Cove last May.
Ferelli said, "Give and take. A look for missing items for Spiderman backpack, a cell phone. We know we're looking for needle in haystack, but hope the public can be an ally."
Pitzen's neighbor Maria Andrade has been working with police for months. She says she was close to the family and believes the energetic upbeat little boy is still alive.
Andrade said, “I really believe she would never hurt that kid she would never have hurt him."
Those with the school decline to comment on the case or anything involving Timmothy Pitzen, saying they don't want to disrupt students. It's been hard on them and teachers within this building.
Police are relying on forensic evidence to help lead them to Timmothy. Detectives say they know Fry-Pitzen stopped her SUV before taking her life.
Scientists 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.
AURORA (WIFR) -- With today marking one year since Amy Fry-Pitzen checked her then 6 year old son Timmothy out of his Aurora elementary school before taking him on a 2-day vacation and then taking her own life, Aurora Police are making a renewed appeal for northwestern Illinois land owners and residents to search their properties for several missing items that may help pinpoint what happened to the boy.
Last November, police issued their first appeal based on the forensics findings of Microtrace LLC, a private forensics lab based in Elgin, IL, with whom they contracted last summer to process the dust, vegetation, and other materials found on Amy Fry-Pitzen’s SUV.
Those findings indicated that:
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 6 county area--- an area much too large for police to conduct ground searches.
Missing items that may yield clues and those of which people should be looking for include Timmothy’s Spider Man backpack, several toys and a tube of toothpaste Amy had bought for Timmothy before he disappeared; and Amy’s cell phone and I-Pass device. Since there are several state parks and other popular areas for outdoor enthusiasts in that part of Illinois, police are also hoping that hikers, bikers, boaters, and other visitors will be on the lookout for the items.
Pictures of several of the items are posted on the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org under the “Police Department” tab on the left side of the homepage and then going to the “Timmothy Pitzen” tab from the pull-down menu. Aurora Police have also posted the photos on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aurorapolice. Anyone finding any of the items should immediately call Aurora Police at 630-256-5500.
While investigators continue to pursue any and all information that may come in, they still have no leads into Timmothy’s whereabouts including whether they boy is still alive or if he met with foul play. The last time anyone heard from Timmothy was on May 13, 2011, when he talked to a relative via his mother’s cell phone as the pair were traveling about 5 miles west of Sterling, Illinois.
Aurora Police still receive periodic calls from people across the nation who think they have spotted Timmothy but after exhaustively following up on every report, no further information has developed. They continue to partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children whose resources have been instrumental in the telephone calls still being placed.
Aurora Police also released the final 5 clips of Amy and Timmothy that were taken from various surveillance cameras they have in their possession. They include 4 clips taken at the Key Lime Cove Resort in Gurnee, IL, on May 12, 2011; and one taken the next day at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.
Timmothy Pitzen would now be 7 years old. When he went missing, he was about 4'2" and weighed around 70 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have information is asked to call Aurora Police at (630) 256-5500, or their local authorities by dialing 9-1-1.
Aurora Area Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5000 for information that leads to Timmothy. All calls placed to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. The phone number is (630) 892-1000.