Timmothy Pitzen was 6 years old on May 11, 2011, when his mother Amy checked him out of kindergarten in Aurora, Illinois, without telling the boy’s father, Jim.
Mother and son went to a zoo and then spent the next two nights at nearby indoor water-park resorts, being elusive about their whereabouts with Jim at bay but making reassuring phone calls to police and Jim’s brother to say they were fine, according to authorities.
Three days later, on May 14, 2011, an employee of the Rockford Inn motel found Amy dead in her room with self-inflicted slashes on her wrists and neck. She left a suicide note stating that Timmothy was “safe” with others who would care for him. But she added, “You will never find him.”
More than nine years later, the boy is still missing — and authorities continue to follow up leads in hopes of finding Timmothy, who would now be 15 years old.
The family continues to hold out hope for Timmothy's safe return. “My son is still out there somewhere needing to come home to his family,” Jim told PEOPLE in 2019.
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The baffling case of Timmothy Pitzen will be examined on the Dec. 6 episode of the HLN Original Series Real Life Nightmare, airing at 10 p.m. The show interviews Pitzen family members, who recount the troubling days of learning that Timmothy was missing. (The trailer for the special is shown above.)
"They read the note to me," Jim Pitzen tells the show. "She said Timmothy was with somebody who loves him and will take care of him — and that we'll never find him."
The Timmothy Pitzen episode of Real Life Nightmare will air on HLN this December 6 at 10 p.m.
Anyone with information about Timmothy or any other missing child is urged to alert the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST.
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