The person who Wednesday said he was Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who disappeared in 2011 after his mother’s dead body was discovered in an Illinois motel room, is not who he said he is.
DNA tests revealed Thursday that the person in question is Brian Michael Rini, a 23-year-old from Medina, Ohio, according to a police official in Kentucky.
The Aurora, Illinois police department said, “Although we are disappointed that this turned out to be a hoax, we remain diligent in our search for Timmothy, as our missing person’s case remains unsolved.” Authorities also vowed to continue searching for the missing person.
Timmothy’s family members said they remain hopeful that someday he will be found and showed concern for Rini. His aunt, Kara Jacobs, said, “We know you are out there somewhere, Tim, and we will never stop looking for you, praying for you and loving you. We hope that everyone will join us in praying for the young man who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen.” (NBC News)
Police in Newport, say a teenage boy they found says he’s Timmothy Pitzen, the boy who disappeared seven years ago in Illinois.
Although police are still working to confirm the boy’s identity, a report from Sharonville police, who assisted in the investigation, says that teenage boy claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared when he was six years old in May 2011. Wednesday happened to be his 14th birthday.
When Pitzen went missing, his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, was discovered dead in Rockford, Illinois. A note left at the time said that Timmothy would never be found, but he was in the custody of a loved one and would be safe. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
- This is a strange case. It could be the plot of a movie.
- Wonder whether Timmothy escaped or maybe the “loved one” holding him released him on his 14th birthday.
- There’s a lot more to be told here. It’ll be interesting to see what comes out in the coming days.