Teen Found in Kentucky Isn't Timmothy Pitzen, According to FBI
The teenager who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who disappeared from Illinois at the age of six in 2011, lied about his identity.
As reported by CNN, FBI says that DNA results proved the "teen" is actually 23-year-old Brian Michael Rini from Medina, Ohio.
Rini was found wandering in a neighborhood near the Ohio-Kentucky border. Concerned residents called authorities, and the "teen" claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, now 14.
Timmothy Pitzen’s aunt says news of a 23-year-old falsely claiming to be the child missing since 2011 is “devastating.”— ABC News (@ABC) April 4, 2019
“It’s like reliving that day all over again, and Timmothy’s father is devastated once again.” https://t.co/kkqKvM3CT6 pic.twitter.com/ocKweCaof7
He claimed that he was kidnapped seven years ago and held captive by two men. The teen even gave authorities a description of his two "kidnappers."
According to the FBI, Rini's story didn't check out. However, law enforcement confirmed that the investigation is ongoing. FBI Louisville spokesman Timothy Beam said:
"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."
A 14-year-old boy who told police he had escaped from kidnappers is claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing eight years ago.— SkyNews (@SkyNews) April 4, 2019
CCTV released seven years ago shows him with his mother before her suicide and his disappearance. Read more here: https://t.co/N5nmN81VEV pic.twitter.com/zE2x2ZsMAE
Timmothy disappeared in 2011 after his mother checked him out of school. The pair traveled around the region.
Timmothy's last known location was at a resort in Wisconsin. His mother's body was found at a nearby motel the following day.
His aunt still believes that Timmothy is "out there." In 2018, Kara Jacobs told the National Center for Missing and Exploited children that "we just have to find him."