SOUTH AMBOY, N.J. (PIX11/CNN) — It took more than two decades, but a Florida woman was arrested for the death of her 5-year-old son in New Jersey.
Michelle Lodzinski, 47, was taken into custody Wednesday evening. She is accused of murdering her son, Timothy Wiltsey, in 1991. During a short hearing in Florida Thursday afternoon, Lodzinksi was held without bail.
Lodzinski originally told police her son went missing at a carnival in Sayreville. She said he disappeared when she turned around to get a soda.
After months of searching, the boy’s skeletal remains were found in a field in Edison in April, 1992.
While many suspected the mother was responsible for her son’s death, she was never arrested.
Stephen Illes lives on the street in South Amboy where Timothy lived with his mother. He remembered the case well
"I dont think people remembered seeing him at the carnival with his mother," Illes said.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said the cold case was reopened several months ago.
"People remember this case. They remember the details and we examined the evidence and I decided it was time to present it to grand jury," Carey said. "The grand jury returned the one count that hasn't expired; the statue of limitations, which is of course the murder count."
As of Thursday afternoon, it was unclear when Lodzinksi would be returned to New Jersey.
In 1994, in another bizarre scenario, Lodzinski claimed she was kidnapped and driven to Detroit by FBI agents. She later admitted making that story up as well, according to The Star-Ledger.
Speaking about the woman's fake kidnapping story, Alan Rockoff, the Middlesex County prosecutor at the time of Timmy's disappearance, told the newspaper, "It confirmed to me what we already knew; she was the suspect."