Illinois Boy Who Went Missing in 2011 Possibly Found, Officials Say

Illinois Boy Who Went Missing in 2011 Possibly Found, Officials Say

Illinois Boy Who Went Missing in 2011 Possibly Found, Officials Say

Authorities are investigating after a teen who identified himself as missing IL boy Timmothy Pitzen told police he just escaped from his kidnappers.

"Pitzen disappeared ten years ago and we've probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas", Rowley said.

CINCINNATI - The family of a child missing from Aurora since 2011 is anxiously awaiting the results of a DNA test on Thursday.

"To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family", an Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman said in a statement to WCPO in Cincinnati. "Unfortunately, that day will not be today", Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Timothy Beam in Louisville said in a statement.

In May 2011, 6-year-old Timmothy was last seen leaving his elementary school in Aurora, Illinois, with his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, 43.

Timmothy's mother left a note before committing suicide, alluding to the possibility that she might have handed Timmothy over to someone she trusted to take care of him. The witness also said you could "see the fear on him and how nervous he was".

The 14-year-old male told police his name was Timmothy Pitzen, and he had just escaped from two kidnappers who've held him hostage for seven years, according to the police report.

A 911 call revealed the moment dispatchers were told a teen calling himself Timmothy Pitzen approached a driver in Newport, Ky., Wednesday saying he had just escaped his captors, according to a report.

He told police in Sharonville, Ohio, that he fled the Red Roof Inn near Cincinnati Airport and "kept running until he ran across a bridge into" the state of Kentucky. The teen told the authorities that his birthday was October 18, 2004 - the same as Timmothy's - but to make sure, DNA testing will reportedly be used within the next 24 hours to confirm his identity.


Police are working to determine the boy's identity, and figure out who the alleged kidnappers might be.

Pitzen's grandmother said that despite today's false alarm, the family still hopes to find him someday, according to ABC. He described the vehicle the men were operating as a newer model Ford SUV with unknown Wisconsin license plates.

Timmothy Pitzen's grandmother, Alana Anderson, told WISN-TV Wednesday that authorities have told the family very little.

"We have no idea if this is Timmothy Pitzen", Aurora police Sgt. Bill Rowley told the Tribune.

"I say it's a double-edged sword because yes they're excited. but there's always some form of self-reflection where they say, 'Where's my child?' So it's a hard road for all searching parents out there", he said. "I know he's out there, we just have to find him". That is Timmothy Pitzen's birthday.

According to a report from the Medina Post, Rini was arrested on June 22, 2015 for making false alarms involving a law enforcement agency. Police believe she killed herself at a hotel in Rockford, Illinois, after taking Timmothy to the zoo and a Wisconsin water park.

The boy, his auto booster seat and backpack were gone by the time her body was discovered.

Her suicide note assured readers Timmothy was safe but would never be found.

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