A 14-YEAR-old found wandering the streets has told cops he’s Timmothy Pitzen – a boy who went missing seven years ago after his mum killed herself.
The teen yesterday told police in Cincinnati, Ohio, he had “just escaped from two kidnappers” he described as white men with body builder physiques.
Timmothy Pitzen was just six-years-old when he disappeared in 2011 after his mum took her own life[/caption]
A 14-year-old found wandering the streets in Cincinnati, Ohio, has claimed he is the missing boy[/caption]
He claimed that after he escaped the men he “kept running across a bridge into Kentucky.”
The boy identified himself as Timmothy Pitzen – who was just six-years-old when he disappeared in 2011 after his mum took her own life in a Rockford, Illinois, hotel.
Cops do not yet know if the boy has any connection to Pitzen, Police Sgt. Bill Rowley said.
Police believe Timmothy’s mum Amy Fry-Pitzen, 43, picked up her son from school and took him to the zoo and a Wisconsin water park before she apparently killed herself.
Her body was found with her wrists slit on May 15, 2011 – but there was no sign of her son.
WITHOUT A TRACE
She left a suicide note saying her son was safe and in the care of others, but added: “You’ll never find him”.
Police probing her death said she took steps that suggest she might have, as she said in her note, dropped her son off with a friend.
At the time, police searched for Timmothy in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.
“We’ve probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas,” Sgt Rowley said.
“We have no idea what we’re driving down there for. It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax.”
The FBI said its offices in Louisville and Cincinnati were working on a missing child investigation with Aurora police and police departments in Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky, and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio.
‘ESCAPED FROM TWO MUSCULAR MEN’
An incident report revealed that the boy told police he had just escaped from two muscular white men.
“One had black curly hair, Mt. Dew shirt and jeans, & has a spider web tattoo on his neck,” the report stated.
“The other was short in stature and had a snake tattoo on his arms.”
The teen said the men were driving a newer model of a Ford SUV with Wisconsin licence plates.
Residents who live near where the 14-year-old boy was found have said the his face was bruised and he appeared to be “very scared and agitated”.
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”.
Timmothy Pitzen’s grandmother, Alana Anderson, told WISN-TV Wednesday that authorities have told the family very little.
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“We just know a 14-year-old boy was found and went to the police,” Mrs Anderson said.
“We don’t want to get our hopes up and our family’s hopes up until we know something.
“We just don’t want to get our hopes up. We’ve had false reports and false hopes before.”
The last known images of Pitzen and his mother were captured on CCTV, checking out of the Kalahari Resort, in Wisconsin Dells[/caption]
Timmothy’s mum Amy Fry-Pitzen, 43, picked up her son from school and took him to the zoo and a Wisconsin water park before she apparently killed herself[/caption]