NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Michelle Lodzinski sobbed May 25, 1991, as police launched a search for her missing 5-year-old son, Timothy Wiltsey.
Lodzinski told authorities she turned around to buy a soda at the carnival at Kennedy Park in Sayreville at about 7 that night. When she turned back around, her son was gone.
Some 25 years later, Lodzinski was found guilty of killing her son, whose partial remains were discovered in 1992 in a vacant part of an industrial center in Edison.
The New Jersey Appellate Division has affirmed the conviction of the former South Amboy woman for killing Wiltsey, according to a statement released by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
The case was successfully argued before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey on April 1, 2019, by Assistant Prosecutor Joie Piderit.
“We are very pleased with the affirmance, which comes one day after Timmy’s birthdate. Prosecuting this case was the right thing to do,” Carey said. “ I am truly honored to work alongside so many dedicated individuals who tirelessly seek justice for victims no matter how much time has passed.”
Although Lodzinski tried to conceal what the release characterized as "one of the most notorious crimes in the history of Middlesex County by killing her son, dumping his remains in a ravine close to her former place of employment, falsely claiming he was abducted by strangers, and spearheading a desperate search for a child she knew was already dead," a jury convicted Lodzinski, now 51, of murder.
Superior Court Judge Dennis V. Nieves sentenced Lodzinski on Jan. 5, 2017, to 30 years in prison.
During the trial, Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua and Assistant Prosecutor Scott LaMountain argued Lodzinski killed her son sometime before she reported him missing from the carnival.
The child’s partial remains were recovered on April 23, 1992, from a remote section of Raritan Center.
In the statement issued today, Carey commended "the unceasingly vigilant efforts of numerous dedicated" police officers who worked on the case over the years which included members of the Sayreville Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Police and the FBI.