False ID is ‘like reliving the day,’ Pitzen family says

Boy last seen in Wisconsin in 2011 possibly found alive, says he was held captive

Authorities said Thursday that the "teenager" claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen, the IL boy who went missing in 2011 at age 6, is actually a 23-year-old man. Anderson also said his father, James Pitzen, "is devastated once again". The FBI said Thursday that DNA testing ruled him out as being Timmothy who was removed at age 6 by his mother from his Aurora school.

"You'll never find him", Amy Fry-Pitzen wrote, according to CNN. She left a note that said Timmothy was with others who would love and care for him.

Following news of a potential family reunion, a relative said they were not getting their hopes up given the disappointment of previous claims.

A heavily bruised Rini approached a driver in Newport on Wednesday saying he had just escaped two men with "body-builder-type physiques" who held him captive for seven years in southwestern Ohio.

The imposter was released from an OH prison less than a month ago on March 7, after serving a year and six months for burglary and vandalism, records show.

In 2015, Rini pleaded guilty to passing bad checks.

Pitzen, of Aurora, Illinois, hasn't been seen since he was 6 years old.

But DNA results proved he is not the missing child, the FBI's Louisville office said. Police say the story of the teenager found wandering streets in Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday didn't check out.

At the time, police searched for Timmothy in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Pitzen was six years old when he went missing in May 2011, after his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, picked him up from Greenman Elementary School in Aurora.

Police and the boy's family say there have been other false sightings over the years. "We hope that everyone will join us in praying for the young man who claims to be Timmothy Pitzen". They were in a Ford SUV with Wisconsin license plates and had been staying at a Red Roof Inn. The boy was found just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.

Baughman now is an administrator at another IL school district.

Officials from Timmothy's hometown of Aurora, Illinois - a Chicago suburb - said they were still investigating the identity of the person located this week.

Fry-Pitzen later was found dead at a hotel in IL in a suicide. One witness took a picture of Timmothy standing in a parking lot.

But when that claim was disproved, they were left heartbroken.

Police, however, were cautious throughout the investigation, refusing to discuss the case until DNA results came back.

Brian Michael Rini, 23, told police in the Kentucky town of Newport that he had escaped kidnappers and was Timmothy, who would now be 14 years old, briefly raising hope the long-lost boy had been found, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Todd Lindgren said. That is Timmothy Pitzen's birthday. We just don't want to get our hopes up.

Pitzen's grandmother, Alana Anderson, told Chicago TV station WLS that she was "hopeful" the child had been recovered and that "he's ok and he's been in a good place".

Timmothy's grandmother said her daughter had fought depression for years and was having problems in her marriage to Timmothy's father.

Sharonville police said on the department's Facebook page that the information about the boy's reported escape was received by police in Campbell County, Kentucky.

Timmothy Pitzen vanished in 2011.

At the time of Timmothy's disappearance, police said that the boy's mother may have dropped him off with a friend, noting that the boy's auto seat and Spider-Man backpack were gone.

The person was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, across the Ohio River from Newport.

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