Six-year-old Timmothy Pitzen disappeared mysteriously after his mom committed suicide, and to this day, no one knows where he is. Timmothy's mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, picked him up from kindergarten at 8:30 am on May 11, 2011, in her Ford Expedition. When James Pitzen, Amy's husband and Timmothy's father, didn't hear back from his wife for nearly 24 hours, he reported the pair missing. Pitzen was later found dead of an apparent suicide in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois, with Timmothy nowhere in sight. Although theories abound, no one truly knows where Timmothy is or whether he's even alive.
Authorities Found Timmothy's Blood In His Mother's SUV
After authorities discovered Fry-Pitzen dead inside of a Rockford, Illinois, motel room, police examined her 2004 Ford Expedition, which was still in the parking lot. The SUV was dirty, and authorities discovered weeds under the vehicle. They also found blood in the backseat that belonged to Timmothy. Police couldn't verify how old the blood stains were, and some of Timmothy's family members say it's possible the child just had a nose bleed, as he had been suffering from them in the year leading up to his disappearance.
Amy Checked Timmothy Out Of School
Timmothy's father James Pitzen dropped his son off for kindergarten at Greenman Elementary in Aurora, Illinois. Around 8:30 am that same morning, Timmothy's mother signed him out of school, claiming a family emergency. Timmothy's father was unaware of Fry-Pitzen's actions and was surprised to find Timmothy gone when he arrived to pick him up later that day.
In the school log book, Pitzen saw that Fry-Pitzen checked Timmothy out of class. He called her several times, to no avail.
Forensics From Fry-Pitzen's SUV Allowed Police To Track Her Movements
After authorities recovered Fry-Pitzen's SUV, they sent the vehicle for analysis. There was vegetation on the underside of the Ford Expedition, and a forensics lab was able to paint a picture of where the SUV traveled before arriving at the Illinois motel room.
According to the forensics team, Fry-Pitzen likely stopped her car on a gravel road treated with road marking beads. She then backed into a grassy field with oak and birch trees in the vicinity. There was likely a small body of water, such as a stream or pond, nearby. Fry-Pitzen drove to the area in which Timmothy disappeared at least twice before he went missing, indicating that she planned his abduction in advance.
Authorities discovered a mineral called anhydrite on the vehicle. If forensics teams can figure out where it occurs in nearby soil, police may be able to pinpoint where exactly Timmothy went missing.
Timmothy's Parents Fought Often And Considered Divorce
Pitzen and Fry-Pitzen met at a party and maintained a long-distance relationship for around a year. Fry-Pitzen struggled with depression, especially since she divorced her first husband, but Pitzen was certain he could help her by creating a healthy relationship and environment. In 2003, however, Fry-Pitzen attempted suicide by taking pills. She then sat on a cliff, eventually passed out, and fell over the edge.
In 2004, Fry-Pitzen became pregnant, and the couple were married before Timmothy's birth. They frequently argued about money, and Pitzen was incensed that Fry-Pitzen went on a cruise for her birthday without him. Instead, she took a female friend. Fry-Pitzen threatened divorce prior to her suicide and Timmothy's disappearance.