New Video Shows Missing Boy At Resort

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.

  • Bud Ehrhardt

    Hi, I would ask the people who repaired her car,if they happened to see any digging device in her car! check all her credit cards,bak checks to see if she had purchased any digging tools on her trip! Maybe at the dollar stores or food stores! Withdreww money from a cash station to buy a shovel,somewhere on her trip! There is a big gap beteen between 1:30pm and 7:25pm ,also between from the Family dollar store @ 8:pm to the Rockford Inn @ !!:15pm! Also,she would have been to distraught after killing her to drive to far,when she checked into the Rockford Inn! Go back to the check Inn clerk and find out how she looked at the chek in..was she anxious,nervious,crying,or red faced..anything unusal for a person other than just checking in! I,know what I am saying is not upbeat,but if the husband was trying to take the child from her,she could have decided to take her life and the childs! AS, for not being able to find the dead child with her, that would be her way of getting back at her husband in some way..making him constantly worry! These are my thoghts on the case! Small time Detective


      u watch to much csi

      but sad story i feel bad for the kid but not the mom

      best wishs to his family and the dad – i hope thy find him unharmed

  • the truth

    Hey Bud, your no small time detective. I read your post and almost think that you had something to do with it! I know you didn’t but I’ve gotta give you props and hope that someone is thinking along these lines too. I pray the boy turn up alive

  • VIVO

    I really hope and pray that I am wrong, but some how I think she did the unthinkable. If she did may the lord have him that angel with him in his kingdom, and well I think we all know where she is going.

  • Catherinne

    We all are prayijng for this little boy wherever he is… God will protect him and give him His love. God is the father of the fatherless. and we should be aware of thieves and robbers who steal children. We are so sorry to hear the mother is not with him. May God have mercy on her soul and those who are hurting may be conforted with the love of Jesus.
    Get a mug shot of the face those who have the child on TV. Someon will recognize him or her.

  • Kathleen

    I believe that she killed him & dumped his body. I think they should get his picture on Nationwide News so that who ever might have him would come forward, should his mother have told the truth about giving him to someone.
    Personally, I don’t know why she was ever allowed to be alone with the child or be allowed to take him on any trips, when they knew she had mental problems!
    It has become a very carefree, negligent society where children are concerned!

  • dan

    Kathleen, she took him out of school. Probably should have notified the school that she was not allowed to take him.

    I did, I will not let my kids see their mother unsupervised-she is bi-polar and goes from very normal to a drug and booze binging nut at the drop of a mood swing. I could see my x wiffe doing something like this, she feels like she is a victim of all the cruel people out there (me and her family) for taking her kids away. Never accepts responsibility for anything.

    I hope one of her relatives is hiding the boy for whatever misguided reason. If not don’t see a good outcome.

  • Wally

    If someone saw the boy then he is allive and well. Keep praying and God will answer and find this little boy alive. Do not loose hope. God is in control and He will help those who are trying to find him
    The mug shot should be front side and left side so we will know who is the kdnapper. God help those who are trying to find him.

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