With no major breaks in the case and no additional searches planned, police and residents are marking the first anniversary of the disappearance of Timmothy Pitzen.
Police say they still get calls from people across the country who think they have seen Timmothy. So far, none of those leads has helped develop any new information.
Timmothy Pitzen’s seventh birthday was October 18, 2011.
Timmothy’s mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, reportedly took him out of school early May 11, 2011. Amy’s body was found in a hotel room May 14. Police said she had apparently committed suicide with a knife.
The last time anyone heard from Timmothy was May 13, 2011 when he spoke with a relative via his mother’s cell phone. Timmothy and Amy were about five miles west of Sterling, Illinois at that time.
On the anniversary of his disappearance, police released several new surveillance video clips showing Timmothy and Amy Pitzen checking out of the Key Lime Cove resort and at the Kalahari Resort May 13, 2011.
Investigators said they found Timmothy’s blood in the back seat of Amy’s 2004 Ford Expedition. The boy’s toys and personal items usually in the vehicle were gone when it was found.
Teams searched land along the Interstate 88 and Interstate 39 corridors but did not find any signs of Timmothy.
Police released surveillance video of Timmothy at the front desk of the Kalahari Waterpark Resort at Wisconsin Dells, and video showing Amy entering and leaving a Sullivan’s Foods store. A third clip shows Timmothy and Amy walking hand-in-hand through an elevator lobby at the Key Lime Cove resort.
A private forensics lab, contracted by police, released its findings that same day.
The forensic tests led scientists to believe the meadow where Amy’s SUV stopped was most likely in Lee or Whiteside County areas of northwestern Illinois, but other neighboring counties could not be ruled out.
A Facebook community continues to update progress of the search for Timmothy Pitzen at this link: http://www.facebook.com/help.find.timothy.
Aurora Area Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5000 for information that leads to Timmothy. All calls placed to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. The phone number is (630) 892-1000.