Police: Grandmother Had Missing Boy’s Carseat

AURORA (CBS) — West suburban Aurora police were able to confirm Friday night that Timmothy Pitzen’s child car seat that was thought to have been missing from the vehicle driven by his mother, has been in the possession of Amy Fry Pitzen’s mother since before the pair went missing.

The grandmother took possession of the seat when she cared for the boy the week prior to Amy Fry Pitzen leaving with Timmothy. When the grandmother returned Timmothy to his home, she apparently forgot to return the child seat. The possibility that it was with the maternal grandmother was brought to the attention of investigators on Thursday night, but detectives were not able to talk with the grandmother until Friday night to confirm that fact.

The boy’s Spider Man backpack, along with the toys and clothes purchased by his mother while they were in Wisconsin last week, are still not accounted for.

Timmothy Pitzen and Amy were apparently last together on Friday, May 13, in the Sterling/Rock Falls/Dixon area where Amy Fry-Pitzen made several cellular telephone calls. A multi-agency search for evidence in the I-88 and I-39 corridors in that area has come up empty.

Police said they are increasingly concerned about Timmothy’s welfare because no one has heard from him since May 13 when he talked to a relative on his mother’s phone. He is about 4’2” and weighs around 70 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Amy Fry-Pitzen’s body was discovered on May 14 in a Rockford motel after she committed suicide. There was no sign that Timmothy was ever with his mother when she checked into the motel late Friday night or when she was in a Winnebago, Ill., food store about three hours before she checked into the motel.

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 their local authorities by dialing 911.

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  • chicagoannie

    All week, the media was saying the boys car seat and backpack were missing and they were hoping it was with the “unknown people caring for him.”

    Why didn’t Grandma let them know ASAP she had the carseat???!!!

    Why didn’t the family do something when the mom took the kid out of school and was making all those weird phone calls?!!!!

    Why has the boy’s father not been shown, not even once???!!!

    I pray Timmothy is ok, but really do believe the mother took his life, poor little guy.

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  • dan

    I have seen the father on the news several times and he looks completely distraught as I would imagine one should be when your child is missing. The pain must be so unbearable that it pushes one to be almost numb, the not knowing has to be the hardest part.

    Maybe the woman was bi-polar or something. So many stories in the news lately about mothers killing their kids, can’t grasp how it is even possible.

  • Debbie

    I can tell you that the family is completely devastated. My husband is related and I know them personally. Its in Gods hands and I pray for a safe return as quickly as possible. If someone has him, just take him to the nearest police dept. He is just a child and surely he is frightened by all of this. He needs his family as they do him.

    • Tony

      Did the family have any relatives or contacts in the Amish community? It strikes me that much of the mothers travels took them through Southwestern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. Both areas have strong Amish communities. If so, it would be no surprise that there had been no response from these areas. They would not be watching TV, or listening to radio reports, and may avoid newspapers altogether. My sister had friends that chose the Amish lifestyle and they were completey out of touch with the outside world. The news reports today say they are looking at the SUV having been in high grass, and that sounds like farmland to me as well.

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