Missing in Wisconsin: Still searching for Amos Mortier

MADISON, Wis. — Margie Milutinovich won’t give up.

“What I need to know is, for somebody, whoever was at the house to let me know they took Amos, and this is what happened to him.”

It’s been 17 years this coming November 8th since he left his rental unit along Lacy Road in Fitchburg. On that typically gray November Monday, Amos, then 27, came home from class at Madison Area Technical College, put a record on, made a phone call at 1:20pm and let his beloved dog Gnosis out.

What happened after that remains a mystery.

At the time, Margie felt Amos was finally starting to find his way in life.

“He finally felt comfortable in his skin, I was so happy for him,” says Margie, “everything was looking up.”

From 2013: Cold Case Wisconsin – The disappearance of Amos Mortier

But investigators, who told News 3 Now in 2013 they didn’t begin their search until they were notified he was a missing a week later, also said they quickly discovered a dark side to Mortier’s life. They say he was involved in the buying and selling of large amounts of marijuana, and owed a significant amount of money that made have led to trouble.

Margie says that too quickly, breaking up a drug operation became the focus of investigators.

“The minute they decided this is a drug thing, then it just went towards finding people and arresting people for pot,” says Margie, finding Amos was like secondary, that’s the way I felt.”

Franke Amos Mortier Mother

As time passed, several in his circle were convicted and served time for drug charges. But no one ever budged when it came to offering clues as to what happened to Amos Mortier.

For Margie, time has not healed all wounds. She still dreams of Amos’ return.

“I still imagine in my mind’s eye I’m going to get that knock in the middle of the night and it’s going to be Amos outside my front door.”

The initial investigating agency, the Fitchburg Police Department, tells News 3 Now, they consider the case cold.

“Due to the lack of new leads or information,” says Deputy Chief Matt Laha, “the investigation has transitioned to an inactive status.”

While the department will consider any new leads worthy of follow-up, Margie, admittedly ailing from the toll the ordeal has taken on her, continues to seek answers.

The website she’s maintained since right after he went missing, FindAmos.com, still offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to Amos’ location.

Until then, her dreams of finding answers, remain.

“I will listen to anybody, there’s nobody I won’t turn away,” she says, “I don’t care what kind of info you might have so far nothing has panned out.”