UPDATED 05/25/11 11:49 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police have finally released security video of a six-year-old Aurora boy who’s been missing nearly two weeks. The video shows the boy with his mother shortly before the woman took her own life.
The father of Timmothy Pitzen watched the video with CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman.
“It looks like he’s playing, “ said James Pitzen, “It looks like he’s having a good time, like normal.”
Pitzen says it’s heartening to see the May 13th security video of his son, Timmothy and his wife, Amy. But it’s sad, too.
“That’s probably the last time I’ll ever see those two together…in that video,” said Pitzen.
Just one day later, May 14th, Amy Fry-Pitzen’s body was discovered in a Rockford motel. She committed suicide. She left a note saying Timmothy was in someone’s care, but she didn’t say who.
“I’m more than sure that he’s alive,” said Pitzen, “I just feel he’s alive.”
It was the last time Timmothy Pitzen and his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, 43, were seen together. Fry-Pitzen was found dead in a Rockford hotel on May 14, after committing suicide. Timmothy, police say, had not been seen with his mother for several hours before she died.
Police say Fry-Pitzen took Timmothy out of school on May 11. Over the next two days, the pair visited the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, the Key Lime Cove Resort in Gurnee, and the Kalahari Resort at the Dells.
Before going to the Brookfield Zoo on May 11, Amy dropped off her 2004 Ford Expedition SUV for repairs at a La Grange body shop. She and Timmothy were then taken to the zoo by a shop employee at around 10:00 a.m. The pair returned to pick up the vehicle at about 3:00 p.m., before heading to Gurnee where they stayed overnight.
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Amy and Timmothy then headed to the Dells on May 12 and stayed there until the following morning.
Aurora Police, though, say they grow more concerned with each passing day. They released the video of Timmothy and his mom at a Wisconsin Dells hotel to keep the case in the public eye. They also have new information. After pinpointing cell phone activity, officers soon will be searching more targeted turf northwest of Sterling near Route 40. They’ve already scoured a wide area. They’ve posted missing flyers. And around the Pitzen home, you see yellow ribbons from a caring community.
“If it were my daughter, I’d be desperate and crying,” said resident Nereida Cisneros.
“It’s really tough,” said Pitzen, “I don’t know what I’m gonna do if something comes out bad. He’s the rest of my family. He’s all I have left.”
Detectives have learned that Amy visited a Family Dollar store in Winnebago, Illinois at about 7:25 p.m. May 13, where she bought a pen, paper, and envelopes. She was then spotted at a food store close to the Family Dollar at around 8 p.m., and checked into the Rockford Inn at 11:15 p.m.
Timmothy was apparently not with his mother in Rockford on Friday night. Amy’s body was discovered on May 14 in a room at the Rockford Inn.
She had committed suicide and left a note saying that Timmothy was in the care of persons she did not identify.
Timmothy is about 4’2″ and weighs around 70 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Aurora Police at (630) 256-5500, or their local authorities by dialing 9-1-1.