- James Pitzen spoke out about his son, Timmothy, after Brian Michael Rini was charged with making false statements to federal agents about being the missing boy, who disappeared in 2011.
- Pitzen said this is the fourth time police have told him there was a possible break in the case, only to later be told the lead ended up being false.
- He said he believes his son, who would now be 14 years old, is still alive and could eventually “come up somewhere.”
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The father of Timmothy Pitzen – a missing boy who a man falsely claimed to be last week – said the hoax felt like “ripping off a scab.”
James Pitzen spoke to NBC News after Brian Michael Rini, 23, was charged with making false statements to a federal agent. Rini had told police in Kentucky that he was Timmothy, who disappeared following his mother’s suicide in 2011 and would now be 14 years old.
Pitzen said this is the fourth time police called him to say there was a possible break in the case since his son’s disappearance.
“I’ve dealt with this going on eight years,” he said. “I’ve learned to calm down and think about it before I answer a question or just let it go and come back to it later.”
Pitzen told NBC News that he believes his son is still alive – Timmothy’s mother had left a note saying the boy safe and with someone, but would never be found.
“He could be … four counties over [on] 100 acres in the middle of nowhere,” Pitzen said of his son.
Pitzen said he hopes that the case’s exposure will help renew interest in Timmothy’s disappearance, and that he just wants his son to return home.
“The exposure will help get his face back out there, get the age impression picture back out there, get a description of what he may look like out,” Pitzen said.
He added that “eventually, he’ll come up somewhere.”
Rini, meanwhile, was booked into Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati, Ohio, last week after the FBI determined his DNA did not match Timmothy’s.
He told investigators that he lied about his identity because he wanted to get away from his own family, according to the complaint filed on Friday seen by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Rini told investigators that he learned about Timmothy’s case through a rerun of the news program 20/20 and “wished he had a father like Timmothy.”
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