Select It Sunday: Timmothy Pitzen

I forget who suggested this, but I promised to do a Select It Sunday for Timmothy James Pitzen, who disappeared from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on May 12, 2011 at the age of six. He is missing under unusual circumstances.

Timmothy’s mom, Amy Fry-Pitzen, signed him out of kindergarten and took off with him without telling his dad. They went to the zoo, then to two resorts before checking into a hotel in Rockford, Illinois. The next morning the hotel staff found Amy dead; she’d taken her own life. There was no sign of Timmothy. Amy left notes saying he was being cared for, but she didn’t say where he was or who was taking care of him.

Investigators believe Amy may have been planning her son’s disappearance for months. As to where he is, or if he’s still alive, nobody seems to know.

MP of the Week: Timmothy Pitzen

This week’s featured missing person is Timmothy James Pitzen, a six-year-old boy who disappeared exactly three years and one day ago. If he’s still alive — and that’s one big if — he will be ten in October. Although he lived in Aurora, Illinois, he’s actually missing from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

On May 11, 2011, Timmothy’s mother Amy Fry-Pitzen removed him from kindergarten without telling her husband. Over the next few days they traveled to Wisconsin, staying at various water park resort hotels. Timmothy’s father, James, filed missing persons reports for them. Amy finally called on the afternoon of the 13th and said she and Timmothy were fine; he could be heard in the background during the conversation. This was the last sign of him.

That evening, Amy checked into another hotel, alone. She took her own life that night and her body was found by hotel staff the next day. She left a note, and mailed some letters, saying her son was fine and with people who cared about him.

And here the matter rests, pretty much. The latest news I could find was from last October, when Amy’s cell phone turned up on a roadside in Wisconsin. Unfortunately the phone contained “nothing of value.”

The police have no hard evidence that little Timmothy met with foul play, and his father and other relatives hope Amy was telling the truth in her letters and he’s still alive somewhere.