It’s been two years since Aurora Police Detective Lee Catavu took on the case of missing 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen. He works on it every day and keeps a binder full of leads on his desk as a reminder that the case is still unsolved.
“I believe there’s a solution to every problem,” Catavu said. “If we keep working on it, we’ll get it.”
The case has been difficult to understand from the beginning. Video walked police through the days after Timmothy disappeared. His mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, was seen pulling Timmothy out of school and from there cameras captured their visit to the Brookfield Zoo, the Key Lime Cove water park and the Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells. Not long after, Fry-Pitzen’s SUV was found. Later, Fry-Pitzen’s body was found along with a suicide note.
“We are still at a loss for a motive,” Catavu said.
In that note, she said Timmothy was fine, with people who could take care of him. Who she was referring to, no one knows. Timmothy has never been found.
The Pitzen case has become the most challenging and largest missing persons case in Aurora. About 300 missing juvenile cases are reported there every year. Detective Catavu though says what is promising about the Pitzen case is that they are still getting at least five leads about the case every month.
Catavu says that the recent case in Cleveland where three women were found after ten years is a sign this case can also be solved.
“Admittedly it is frustrating, but I’m steadfast that we will resolve this case for the Pitzen family and getting so many tips is very promising,” Catavu said.
Police continue to focus their efforts on northwest Illinois, working with law enforcement there. Meanwhile, Timmothy’s father has moved out of Illinois but he continues to work with police to try and find his son.