FBI in Louisville have confirmed the boy found in Kentucky yesterday is not Timmothy Pitzen, after DNA results come back negative.
Newport Police say the boy, who claimed to be 14, is actually Bryan Michael Rini, a 24-year-old man from Medina, Ohio.
Police say Rini told officers on Wednesday his name was Timmothy Pitzen and he had escaped two kidnappers in Cincinnati and ran across a bridge to Newport, Kentucky.
However, in a tweet on Thursday evening, the FBI said a DNA test conducted on the boy concluded that he wasn’t missing Timmothy – who vanished on May 11 2011, after being taken out of school by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen.
She took him on a three-day holiday before checking in alone to a motel and killing herself. She left a not saying her son was safe, but added: ‘You’ll never find him’.
The results confirm the Aurora’s skepticism that the incident could have been an elaborate hoax, where they say they’ve investigated false leads over the past eight years.
‘FBILouisville, Newport PD, and HCSO have been conducting a missing person investigation. DNA results have been returned indicating the person in question is not Timmothy Pitzen,’ FBI Louisville tweeted on Thursday.
‘A local investigation continues into this person’s true identity. To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family. Unfortunately, that day will not be today.’
Timmothy Pitzen’s grandmother has said her family will ‘do everything to get him back to a good life’ after a teenager came forward claiming to be the missing youngster (pictured before disappearing in 2011)
Residents who live near where the 14-year-old boy was found in Newport, Kentucky, have said the his face was bruised and was ‘very scared and agitated’ (pictured: a photo submitted to CBS Chicago allegedly depicts the boy who claims to be Pitzen)
According to an officer’s dispatch report, the boy told police he was born on October 18, 2004, the same day as Timmothy, and also gave his correct middle name of James.
The report also says the boy claimed that he’d managed to flee ‘from two kidnappers that have been holding him for seven years’.
He said his abductors had most recently been keeping him in a Red Roof Inn, thought to be in Cincinnati, Ohio.
When he saw his chance to escape he fled and ‘kept running across a bridge’ – the state line – and into Newport, Kentucky, police say.
Locals who saw the ‘fidgety’ 14-year-old boy when he was found said that his face was bruised and he appeared to be ‘very scared and agitated’.
‘He walked up to my car and he went, “Can you help me? I just want to get home. Can you just please help me?'” a good Samaritan told a 911 dispatcher. ‘And I asked him what was going on and he told me he’s been kidnapped.’
One woman revealed to CBS Chicago that the boy told her he’d been running for two hours and that he had ‘been passed around for seven years’.
‘Really you felt bad for him, his face looked like he’d been beat up,’ she said. ‘He had a really big bruise on his face. I was hurt for him’
Another resident told ABC7: “He looked like he had been beat up, punched in the face a couple of times. You could see the fear on him and how nervous he was and how he kept pacing. He just looked odd.”
The boy found on Wednesday gave police a detailed description of his alleged kidnappers, who he says have held him captive for more than seven years.
‘Timmothy described the two kidnappers as two male, whites, body-builder type build,’ the police report details.
‘One had black curly hair, Mt. Dew shirt and jeans & has a spider web tattoo on his neck. The other was short in stature and had a snake tattoo on his arms.’
It’s now unclear who the boys is and whether or not he is a genuine victim of kidnap.
He then described his captor’s vehicle as a new white Ford SUV, with yellow transfer paint and a dent on the rear left bumper, registered to Wisconsin.
Several police departments were instructed to search Red Roof Inns in both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,but workers at several of the hotels said they failed to recall anyone matching the description.
His mother took Timmothy on a three-day holiday, visiting the zoo and several water-parks before she was found dead inside a Rockford motel room, having committed suicide
Timmothy vanished without a trace in 2011 following his mother Amy Fry-Pitzen’s suicide (pictured together)
Timmothy disappeared on May 11, 2011, shortly after being dropped off at Greenman Elementary School, in Aurora, Illinois, by his father.
The boy, just six-years-old at the time, was later picked-up by his mother, who told the school she needed to take her son home because of a family emergency.
Fry-Pitzen, 43, then took her son on a three-day holiday, visiting the zoo and several water-parks across different state lines.
The last known images of Timmothy and his mother together were captured on CCTV, checking out of the Kalahari Resort, in Wisconsin Dells on May 12.
The following day, Amy was spotted alone by a surveillance camera in a supermarket 120 miles away near Rockford, having purchased a pen, paper and some envelops.
On May 14th she was found dead inside her Rockford Inn motel room, having committed suicide with a series of slashes to her wrists.
She left behind a note that said her son was safe and in the care of others, but added: ‘You’ll never find him’.
‘I was in total shock at the time,’ Timmothy’s dad James Pitzen said to Crime Watch Daily, in 2017. ‘They told me where she was found, in a cheap little motel. She had a razorblade knife and she cut herself.
Timmothy’s Identification card was found among Amy’s possessions, but her son, the Spiderman backpack he’d been pictured leaving school with, and her cellphone were all missing.
James said just hours before she committed suicide he received a call from Amy, telling him: ‘Timmothy is fine. Timmothy belongs to me. Timmothy and I will be fine. Timmothy is safe.
‘She was definitely wrestling with the demons,’ He added. ‘The demons were winning, and they eventually won.’
The 43-year-old mother grappled with depression for the majority of her adult life and had attempted to commit suicide on more than one occasion.
She had also disappeared for a series of days-on-end before, James admitted, but never with Timmothy.
Timmothy (shown aged 6) vanished after his mother picked him up from Greenman Elementary School and took him on a three day holiday
A report filed by the Sharonville Police Department on Wednesday details boy’s claims to be Timmothy, and even describes his alleged kidnappers
In an interview with People in 2015, Timmothy’s father, James Pitzen (left), described his son as a ‘little mini-me’ and vowed to never give up searching for him
After Mini claimed to be Timmothy, the Pitzen family were given new hope.
Timmothy’s maternal aunt Kara Jacobs told NBC Chicago: ‘We hope it’s true. What’s hard is the story that he escaped from captors. And your mind goes in too many directions that you don’t want to think about,’ .
‘And what I’ve prayed about since he’s been gone is that God will keep him close and take care of him, and that maybe by some stroke of luck, he was with people who would love him. And if that’s not the case, it will be heartbreaking to get through.’
However, the lead turned out to be another false-lead in suburban Aurora’s only missing child case.
The last breakthrough in the disappearance of Pitzen came in 2014, when a woman hosting a garage sale in northern Illinois dialed 911 to tell police a boy matching his description had been standing in the front-yard of her home.
Shortly before her daughter’s suicide, Alana Anderson received a note from her daughter that read: ‘I’ve taken him somewhere safe. He will be well cared for and he says that he loves you. Please know that there is nothing you could have said or done that would have changed my mind.’
Aurora police launched an investigation spanning three states – including Illinois and Wisconsin – after Amy’s death to find the person allegedly in possession of Timmothy.
Police say they also explored the possibility Amy may her murdered her son in the midst of her turmoil and hidden the child’s body somewhere.
The razorblade-edged knife she used to cut her wrists with showed only traces of her blood.
But three months after Timmothy’s disappearance investigators found a ‘concerning’ amount of blood in the back seat of Amy’s car.
However, hope the six-year-old could still be alive was revived when the blood was later concluded to have come from a nosebleed suffered by the Timmothy several months earlier.
Analyzing the exterior of Amy’s SUV, police were able to determine the vehicle had at one stage been parked in a grassy area, near a stream and a road treated with glass beads.
They believed this could have been the location where Amy handed over Timothy to the mysterious third-party, but nothing further came from the evidence.
James Pitzen has previously said he’s never given up hope that his son is alive and will one day return home to him.
‘I always wonder what she told Timmothy, Why hasn’t he tried to call? We taught him how to dial 911. ‘This is your number, this is your mom’s number, you know where you live, your address,’ all the stuff you do,’ he told People in 2015.
‘Maybe I’ll see Tim in the morning,’ James said he often tells himself. ‘Maybe tomorrow they’ll find him.’