“The Mystery of the Blue Blanket,” which explores the mysterious disappearance and death of 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey in 1991, is no different.
How did Timothy Wiltsey die? (Cause of Death)
Timothy “Timmy” Wiltsey, born August 6, 1985, reportedly didn’t have stable parental figures because even though his father wasn’t even in the picture, his mother worked hard to provide for them. The latter actually considered herself a “weekend mom”, especially as she relied on friends, family, and nannies to look after her son through various personal and professional activities
On May 25, 1991, according to Timothy’s mother, Michelle Lodzinski, the duo spent the day together playing in the park and visiting the local petting zoo before heading to the Sayreville carnival. They seemed to be celebrating the approaching end of the school year, but that all changed when she left her 5-year-old alone in line to go buy a soda, never to see or hear from Timothy alive again. At first, Michelle admitted that she lost sight of her son for a few moments, but also added that she contacted the police almost immediately, as soon as she realized that they were separated.
The mass carnival of the South Amboy Elks Club was closed immediately in favor of an extensive search for Timothy, but there was no sign of him in the area. In fact, despite the best efforts of officials, almost 11 months later (April 23, 1992) only his skeletal remains were discovered, and then in a swampy area near Edison. Forensic experts were unable to determine the time, cause, or place of the teen’s death due to severe decomposition, but positively ruled it a homicide. Basically, it’s because of the disgusting way it was found.
Who killed Timothy Wiltsey?
In early June 1991, Michelle claimed that several men had intimidated her with a knife after Timothy was kidnapped, but that same evening she completely retracted the story. During an interview the next day, she insisted that she actually left her son with a woman she sort of knew and two men before going to buy a soda, who ended up kidnapping him. She did make changes to this narrative over time, but its basic essence remained the same, even if no evidence to support it was ever found.
The fact that Michelle faked her own kidnapping in 1994, allegedly trying to deflect suspicion from her, and later stole a laptop from her former employer, didn’t help her either. Despite this, since there was no physical evidence linking her to Timothy’s death, she was not charged with the crime until a new investigation gave way to further speculation. Records prove that she was never violent, but some claimed that the then 20-year-old girl considered her son a “burden” due to how he affected her life, causing her to kill him. The witness also reported that the blanket next to Timothy’s body was from his mother’s home.
So more than two decades later, on August 6, 2014, Michelle was arrested in Florida for the premeditated murder of Timothy. Her trial in 2016 ultimately resulted in a guilty verdict and a sentence of 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole. However, after a years-long struggle based on insufficient evidence, including circumstantial evidence, her appeal was heard by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2021, which overturned her conviction. Therefore, unfortunately, to this day no one really knows how 5-year-old Timothy Wiltsey died and who killed him.