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Woman Found Dead In Motel, 6-Year-Old Son Missing

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Timomthy Pitzen

Timmothy Pitzen, 6, of Aurora, was last seen at a Wisconsin Dells Resort with his 43-year-old mother. His mother was later found dead at a Rockford motel. (Credit: Aurora Police Department)

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Updated 05/15/11 – 3:22 p.m.

AURORA (STMW) – Six-year-old Timmothy J. Pitzen remains missing Sunday afternoon, and authorities continue to look for leads in his disappearance, a day after his mother was found dead inside a Rockford motel room after slitting her wrists.

As of 2:45 p.m. Sunday, the boy remained missing and there have been no arrests, according to according to Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to seek leads and information from multiple jurisdictions.

“We’re working with authorities in Iowa and Wisconsin and we are continuing to cultivate other individuals that she’s (his mother) associated with and we’re trying to talk to those individuals,’’ Ferrelli said.

Numerous family members and friends of his mother, Amy J. Fry-Pitzen — including her husband — are fully cooperating with the investigation, Ferrelli said.

Amy J. Fry-Pitzen

Amy J. Fry-Pitzen was found dead in a Rockford motel room on May 14, 2011. (Credit: Aurora Police Department)

“So far right now, all the people we’ve talked to have been consistent…She (mother) indicated that she needed some time away and she did not threaten to harm herself or the boy.’’

 was last seen at about 10:10 a.m. on Friday when he accompanied his mother checking out of the Kalahari Resort in the Dells.

Amy and Timmothy were originally reported missing about 1 p.m. Thursday by Amy’s husband, who is also the boy’s father, from their home in the 400 block of North Highland Avenue, according to Ferrelli.

The two apparently visited the Brookfield Zoo on Wednesday and then checked into the Key Lime Cove Resort in Gurnee on Wednesday night.

No one heard from Amy or Timmothy until Friday afternoon when she contacted several family members and acquaintances by phone between approximately noon and 1:30 p.m., according to Ferrelli.

During those calls Amy said that she and Timmothy were fine and were not in danger. Timmothy also talked to at least one of the relatives and did not seem to be in any distress.
Aurora Police say that cell phone records indicate that the calls and texts were placed from the Sterling/Rock Falls, Illinois area.

Detectives were able to ascertain that Amy checked herself into the Rockford Inn which is located in the 3800 block of 11th Street in Rockford, between 11:15 p.m. and 11:30 on Friday night.

At the time she checked in, she apparently was not accompanied by Timmothy.

She had also been seen at Sullivan’s Foods in the 700 block of Elida Street in Winnebago, Ill., at about 8 p.m. Friday, again, apparently without her son, Ferrelli said.

The food store is about 20 minutes from the Rockford Inn.

Her body was discovered by motel employees at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. She left a note indicating that Timmothy was fine and that she left him in the care of unnamed people.

Anyone who believes they saw either the boy, his mother, and/or anyone who may have been with them — or anyone who may have information on the case— is asked to call Aurora Police at (630) 256-5500, or 911.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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