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Timmothy Pitzen was 6 years old in 2011 when his mother Amy Fry-Pitzen picked him up from school in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, to embark on a three-day adventure to his favorite places.
The ride ended with his mother’s suicide, and Timmothy’s disappearance rested on a bizarre suicide note stating that the child was safe but would never be seen or heard from again.
The mystery of Timmothy’s disappearance has haunted his family, the police and a legion of supporters, many of whom believe he is alive, for 11 years.
They all want to know: what happened to Timthy Pitzen? Where is he? Does he know they are looking for him? Is he still alive?
A new documentary from NBC Chicago and NBC 5 Investigates follows the twists and turns of the case with exclusive interviews and details that upend previous theories about Timmothy’s whereabouts.
“It’s not over yet,” said Kara Jacobs, Timthy’s aunt and Fry-Pitzen’s sister. “He’s not living the life we think he should live because I think he should be with his dad. But one day we’re going to see him and you’re going to see the other side of the story. And it’s going to be amazing.”
The hour-long documentary airs on NBC 5 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 and on NBC Chicago digital platforms. The documentary airs again all week after Thanksgiving, at 7 p.m. from Sunday, November 27 through Saturday, December 3, on the NBC Chicago News streaming channel on Roku, Samsung TV, and Peacock.
“We’re not done. I’m not done until I can see Tim standing in front of his dad, and then I’ll feel complete, like the circle is complete,” Jacobs said.
Timmothy was 6 years old in 2011 and October marked his 18th birthday.