Police say the 14-year-old claiming to have escaped kidnappers who held him for 8 years is actually a 24-year-old man with a reported criminal history

  • Police in Kentucky say the person who came forward on Wednesday claiming he was 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen is actually a 24-year-old man.
  • The man, Brian Michael Rini, from Medina, Ohio, was identified after the FBI confirmed that he was not Timmothy Pitzen through a DNA test.
  • It remains unclear why Rini claimed he was Timmothy Pitzen.
  • Timmothy Pitzen was six when he disappeared. His mother died by suicide and left a note saying her son “was with someone, but was safe.”
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Police in Kentucky say the person who came forward on Wednesday claiming he was Timmothy Pitzen – a boy who went missing from a Chicago suburb in 2011, aged 6 – is actually a 24-year-old man.

The man who reportedly posed as a 14-year-old boy to say he was Timmothy Pitzen is Brian Michael Rini, from Medina, Ohio, according to Local 12 News.

The man’s identity was released after the FBI said in a statement on Twitter that DNA test results confirmed the person was not Timmothy.

The motive behind Rini’s decision remains unclear, and it is unknown if he will face any criminal charges.

According to Heavy.com, Rini has previously been charged with making false alarms and passing bad checks. He was arrested in 2018 for hosting a party that allegedly caused $US1,250 in damages.

Police say that Rini, told authorities in Newport, Kentucky, that he escaped kidnappers in Ohio and that he had gone missing eight years ago following his mother’s suicide.

In an incident report filed by police in suburban Cincinnati’s Sharonville, officers that the man told officers on Wednesday that he had been staying at a Red Roof Inn with the kidnappers, who he described as white males with body-builder type builds.

He told police that he fled the hotel and “kept running across a bridge into” Newport, Kentucky.

Timmothy Pitzen was six years old when he disappeared in May 2011.

The boy and his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, had gone on a three-day road trip and were last seen on hotel surveillance in Wisconsin.


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His mother died by suicide in a Rockford, Illinois, hotel, and had left a note stating that her son “was with someone, but was safe,” the police report filed on Wednesday said.

The note ended with the line, “You’ll never find him,” according to WGN TV.

Police investigating Fry-Pitzen’s death said at the time that it was possible she dropped her son off with a friend.

Investigators searched for Timmothy across Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, and received thousands of tips, but the boy was never found.

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