Search for Boy Continues as Mother Laid to Rest - NBC Chicago

Search for Boy Continues as Mother Laid to Rest



    May 17, 2011: Timothy J. Pitzen's mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, was found dead inside a Rockford motel room Saturday. The boy is no where to be found. (Published Thursday, May 19, 2011)

    As services were held Saturday for a mother who was found dead in a Rockford motel room, the investigation into her missing son continued.

    Amy Fry-Pitzen and her son, Timmothy Pitzen, were last seen more than a week ago checking out of a Wisconsin Dells, Wis., resort.  A day later, the 43-year-old mother's body was found a motel room.  Authorities said she took her own life.

    A note Fry-Pitzen left behind indicated that her child was safe and in someone's care but did not give any names. 

    Services for the mother were held Saturday morning at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sugar Grove.

    Despite a massive search that's ensnared federal authorities and taken investigators from Aurora to Dixon to Rock Falls, the 6-year-old is nowhere to be found.

    In a statement released Saturday, authorities said they were wrong about a detail they'd originally found encouraging.  Missing from the mother's vehicle was the boy's carseat.  Investigators had thought that meant it was with the boy and with a friend or relative.

    It was discovered Friday that the carseat is with the boy's maternal grandmother, with whom he'd spent time a week prior.

    Saturday's statement also corrected the spelling of the missing boy's first name to Timmothy.

    Timmothy stands about 4 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 70 pounds, officials said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora Police at 630-256-5500.

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