Police searching for missing Aurora boy

By Joel Ebert
Updated 5/14/2011 11:52 PM

Authorities are searching for a missing 6-year-old boy from Aurora, after discovering the body of a woman in a Rockford motel on Saturday.

Rockford authorities were notified after an employee discovered the body Amy J. Fry-Pitzen, of Aurora, at the Rockford Inn.


Authorities said her death was a suicide, and she left a note indicating she left her son, Timothy, with unnamed people.

Fry-Pitzen was pronounced dead at the hotel. Authorities have yet to determine her exact time of death. The woman checked into the Rockford Inn alone, authorities confirmed.

The discovery comes after Fry-Pitzen and her son were initially reported missing by on Thursday afternoon by the woman's husband.

Following the missing persons investigation, Aurora Police determined Fry-Pitzen checked her son out of his Aurora school Wednesday morning. The two stayed at the Key Lime Cove Resort in Gurnee that evening. On Thursday, the mother and son stayed at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

On Friday, Fry-Pitzen contacted family members and acquaintances, telling them she and Timothy were not in danger. The boy spoke with a relative who said it appeared he was not in any distress.

The mother was seen at a grocery store in Winnebago at 8 p.m. Friday.

Authorities are working with jurisdictions in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa to gather information regarding the boy's whereabouts.

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The missing boy is described as 4 feet, 2 inches, weighing 70 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.

Officials are asking anyone that may have seen the Fry-Pitzens or anyone that may have been with them to contact the Aurora police.