An Aurora, Ill. kindergartener who has been missing since May was reportedly spotted in the Chicago area this week, but the tip turned out to be false when police looked into it further.
Timmothy Pitzen, now 7, was last seen when his mother Amy Fry-Pitzen took him out of his classroom at Greenman Elementary School on May 11 in order to visit the Brookfield Zoo, Key Lime Cove and Wisconsin Dells before she killed herself in a Rockford motel room, CBS Chicago reports.
Since Timmothy’s disappearance, police have been forced to rely on tips in the hopes of finding the boy. The Chicago Tribune reports that the boy was last “spotted” at a North Aurora Denny’s restaurant, but when police tracked down the owner of the car the boy was seen riding in, he was not Timmothy. Another tip this month had falsely claimed that the boy was in Massachusetts.
In a suicide note Fry-Pitzen left in the motel room where she took her life, she wrote that the boy is “with people who love him and will care for him” and said that “you’ll never find him,” according to theTribune.
Of the dozens of possible sightings investigators into the disappearance have fielded, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that less than a handful of them have required much follow-up before being easily dismissed.
Anyone with information pertaining to the disappearance of Timmothy Pitzen is urged to contact Aurora police at (630) 256-5500. Authorities have offered a $5,000 reward in exchange for any information that helps police find the missing boy.