Release* Date: August 6, 2014
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: August 6, 2014
Michelle Lodzinski charged with murdering her son, Timothy Wiltsey
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief John J. Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department announced that Michelle Lodzinski, formerly of South Amboy, was arrested today in Florida and was charged with killing her five-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey, whose partial remains were recovered in 1992 after he was reported missing from a carnival in 1991.
The 47-year-old woman was arrested after a grand jury in Middlesex County handed up a one-count indictment on July 31, 2014, charging her with murder.
Lodzinski, a resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla., was arrested at approximately 5:55 pm while in Jensen Beach, Florida, by members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sayreville Police Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff’s Department. She is being held at the Martin County Jail, Stuart, Fla.
Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz, sitting in New Brunswick, sealed the indictment from public disclosure until the defendant was arrested and notified of the charge.
Bail was set at $2 million. It was not immediately known if the defendant will waive her right to an extradition hearing and return to New Jersey.
“Following a routine, cold case review of the evidence and facts surrounding the disappearance and murder of Timothy Wiltsey, a new investigation was conducted and the matter was presented to the grand jury,” Prosecutor Carey said.
The grand jury charged that Lodzinski “did purposely or knowingly kill Timothy Wiltsey, or did purposely or knowingly inflict serious bodily injury upon Timothy Wiltsey, resulting in his death…”
The grand jury charged that the child was killed in South Amboy, Sayreville, Edison or some other municipality and that the death occurred sometime between May 25, 1991, when he was reported missing, and April 23, 1992, when his partial remains were recovered from a remote section of Raritan Center, an industrial park in Edison.
Prosecutor Carey commended the unceasingly vigilant efforts of numerous dedicated police officers who worked on the case over the years, and he thanked members of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and other law enforcement agencies that were involved at various times, including the New Jersey State Police, the FBI, Port St. Lucie Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff’s Department.
Prosecutor Carey also said he was especially grateful to the Sayreville Police Department and the many officers who took part in the intensive investigation the department initiated at the moment the child first was reported missing.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-2957 or leave an email at email@example.com.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Lodzinski is presumed innocent until proven guilty.