Rockford, IL

Mother Hides Son Before Committing Suicide

Timmothy PitzenPhoto by(Daily Herald)

On May 14, 2011, a suicide took place in Rockford, Illinois. The police said that, along with the body, was a note that contained a very startling sentence. 

“You will never find him.”

The woman who had killed herself was 42-year-old Amy Fry-Pitzen. Her son — 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen — had been missing for 3 days. Timmothy is who the police would learn the note was referring to. 

The Pitzen family lived in Aurora, Illinois. They were described as being an average, everyday family. Timmothy in particular was regarded as an outgoing, positive, and energetic child. Timmothy’s mother Amy, however, was going through her own struggles.

According to her husband Jim, the couple was going through their own rough times. Prior to the incident, Amy had survived a suicide attempt that led to her taking medication to address her depressed moods. After Amy’s death, friends began to wonder if she went to such great lengths because she believed her history of mental struggles would prevent her from gaining custody of Timmothy should she and Jim divorce. 

The events would occur on the morning of May 11, 2011. Jim says that he dropped Timmothy off that morning at Greenman Elementary school. His son was just 6 years old and in kindergarten at the time. Then, about a half hour later, Amy arrived at the school. She informed the staff that there was a family emergency and that she needed to take Timmothy out of school for the day. Security surveillance footage shows her signing him out close to 8:30 am. 

Jim would find out that Timmothy left school when he went to pick him up that afternoon. He repeatedly called Amy’s phone before checking the house. When he could find no trace of them, he reported them missing the next morning. 

Amy did make someone aware of her whereabouts, though. She called her mother and told her that they would both be home in a couple of days. She blamed Jim for their departure, saying that she needed “some space”. She placed a similar call to Jim’s brother. 

Amy took Timmothy to a zoo, waterpark, and a resort in Wisconsin, according to investigators. This would be corroborated by surveillance footage. The last time the footage captured Timmotyh was on the morning of May 13 around 10:00 am. Amy was seen at a grocery store before checking into her hotel a little after 11:00 pm that night.

A housekeeper would find her body the next day.

Although he wasn’t with his mother when her body was found, the note claimed that he was safe and with people that would be taking good care of him. 

Sadly, there has been no trace of Timmothy since. If you have any information about the disappearance of Timmothy Pitzen, please contact the Aurora Police Department at 630-256-5516.

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