A judge in Florida has ordered the mother of slain South Amboy five-year-old Timothy Wiltsey held without bond, following her arrest this week in the murder of her son 23 years ago. 47-year-old Michelle Lodzinski made her first court appearance Thursday, for ten seconds - via video link, and without an attorney - in Martin County, Florida, near where she's been living. It's not known if she'll waive extradition to New Jersey, where bail has been set at $2 million.
Lodzinski's arrest on Wednesday - on what would have been Timothy Wiltsey's 29th birthday - came after Middlesex County authorities recently re-opened the cold case, leading to her indictment last week by a Middlesex County grand jury. That was ordered sealed until she could be taken into custody. It was Memorial Day weekend in 1991 when Lodzinski went to a carnival in Sayrveille, and reported her son had gone missing there. A frantic search for Timothy - and a manhunt for his supposed abductors - ensued, but authorities never really believed Lodzinski; they say her story changed several times. Timothy Wiltsey's skeletal remains were found 11 months later in a marshy area of the Raritan Center industrial complex in Edison.