Michelle Lodzinski, who was arrested in connection with the homicide her 5-year-old son, waits in a Florida jail for an extradition hearing scheduled for Sept. 4.
The child, Timothy Wiltsey, reportedly disappeared from a Sayreville carnival in 1991 and his body was found the following year in a remote, marshy area behind Raritan Center, a vast industrial park in Edison.
Lodzinski was long considered the primary suspect in the crime but despite two failed lie detector tests and a host of inconsistencies in her story, she was not charged until earlier this month.
The 23-year-old single mother on May 25, 1991 told police that her son got separated from her at a Sayreville carnival. The report triggered a massive manhunt that proved fruitless.
Despite Lodzinski’s claim that they spent approximately 90 minutes together at the carnival, authorities found no one who had seen her son with her that night.
Ten days later at a police interview in Sayreville, Lodzinski claimed two men with a knife had taken her son, a claim she recanted the same day.
The following day she returned and told a third story that her son had been taken by two men and a woman.
On April 23, 1992, authorities found his remains inside a tire in Red Root Creek off Olympic Drive at Raritan Center. Because of the decomposition of the body, the cause of the boy’s death remains a mystery.
Lodzinski faked her own abduction in 1994, claiming that two FBI agents took her at gunpoint to Detroit, and a federal judge sentenced her to six months house arrest and three years probation.
In December 1997, Lodzinski pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop computer from her former employer. She was sentenced to three years’ probation and spent one day in federal custody for violating the terms of her probation for the FBI hoax.
After a Middlesex County grand jury handed up a sealed indictment, Lodzinski was charged with murdering her son and she was arrested near her home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Aug. 6, 2014 — which would have been Timothy’s 29th birthday.
Officials said she remains at the Martin County Jail in Florida.
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