MARTIN COUNTY, Flor. (PIX11)– Florida police arrested a mother who allegedly killed her 5-year-old son in New Jersey, saying they cracked a 23-year-old cold case.
Martin County sheriff’s office announced the arrest 47-year-old Michelle Lodzinski on their Facebook page Wednesday evening after executing a warrant issued by Middlesex County for the 1991 murder of Timothy Wiltsey.
Lodzinski, who lives in Port St. Lucie and works in Martin County, was arrested shortly before 6 p.m.
Sheriff’s officials said Wiltsey had gone missing from a carnival at Kennedy Park in New Jersey in May 1991.
At the time, Lodzinski, formerly of South Amboy, said her son disappeared when she left him in line at a carnival ride while she went to get a soda.
Almost a year later, in April 1992, the boy’s partial remains were found in a remote section of Raritan Center, an industrial park in Edison.
New Jersey police ruled the child’s death a homicide, but then the case went cold for more than two decades.
A “routine cold case review” sparked new interest in the case, in which the young victim’s mother was always under suspicion, authorities said.
Officials with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office reopened the case and presented their findings to a grand jury, which subsequently charged Lodzinski with one count of murder on July 31. Lodzinski was arrested this week.
She is being held at the Martin County jail and may be extradited to New Jersey. Her bond is set at $2 million.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information in the case is urged to called the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office at 732-745-2957.