- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A Florida woman charged with killing her 5-year-old son more than two decades ago in New Jersey is still awaiting an extradition hearing, a prosecutor said Friday.

Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew Carey said there’s no indication of when an extradition hearing will be held for Michelle Lodzinski, who was arrested on the day her son would have turned 29.

The 47-year-old Port St. Lucie, Florida woman was held without bail by a Florida judge after a court appearance Thursday.

It wasn’t known whether she would agree to return to New Jersey, where a judge set her bail at $2 million. She appeared on camera from jail wearing an orange jumpsuit and did not yet have an attorney.

Lodzinski told authorities that her son, Timothy Wiltsey, had disappeared at a carnival in Sayreville, New Jersey, in May 1991. The boy’s skeletal remains were found in April 1992.

Carey said his office had instituted a more formal process of looking into cold cases last year and they started to gain ground on the case last fall.

He did not comment on the specific evidence against Lodzinski. The evidence, he said, would most likely come out during the trial.

“Hopefully, (we bring) some sense of closure to the community,” Carey said.

Investigators said Lodzinski had long been a suspect, but they were never able to charge her previously.

“We didn’t have sufficient evidence at the time to pull the trigger,” Alan Rockoff, the Middlesex County prosecutor when Timothy disappeared, said Thursday.

The indictment only charged her with one count of murder because the statute of limitations had passed on any other charges that could have been levied against her, Carey said. The grand jury determined that she “did purposely or knowingly kill” Timothy or did “purposely or knowingly inflict serious bodily injury” resulting in his death.


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