FBI in Louisville have confirmed the ‘teenager’ found in Kentucky yesterday is not long-sought Timmothy Pitzen following Negative DNA test results
Newport Police Dept say the ‘boy’, who claimed to be 14, is actually Bryan Michael Rini, a 24-year-old man from Medina, Ohio and lied to investigators
Timmothy Pitzen was taken out of school by his mother in May 2011, embarking on a three-day holiday before checking in alone to a motel and killing herself
Investigators found her body, Timmothy was miss, but she left a suicide note a note saying her son was safe, but added: ‘You’ll never find him’, sparking fears she could have harmed him or placed him with an unknown party
Aurora police said the were wary of the reports yesterday, having investigated umpteen false sightings since Timmothy’s 2011 disappearance
Busted! Newport Police say the boy, who claimed to be 14, is actually Bryan Michael Rini [photo], a 24-year-old man from Medina, Ohio
After much speculation that teen found wandering in Kentucky may be boy missing since 2011, 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 Pitzen 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 skepticism from the folks of Aurora 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 [photo], would have been 14 today. Missing since 2011 at the age of six, a fraudstar masquerading as Timm has just been unmasked by FBI conducted DNA test
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.
On May 14th 2011, Amy Fry-Pitzen 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 razor blade 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.
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.
Shortly before her suicide Amy Fry-Pitzen sent a note to her mum, Alana Anderson, that read: ‘I’ve taken him [Timmothy], 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.’
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 razor-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.’