False ID Is ‘Like Reliving The Day,’ Family Of Timmothy Pitzen Says

False ID Is ‘Like Reliving The Day,’ Family Of Timmothy Pitzen Says

A young man's claim to be an IL boy who disappeared under tragic circumstances eight years ago was disproved by DNA tests and pronounced a hoax Thursday, dashing hopes that the baffling case had finally been solved.

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

Authorities were trying Thursday to confirm the identity of a teenager who told police he fled from kidnappers and is an IL boy missing since 2011. "Unfortunately, that day will not be today".

Their adventure started after Amy Fry-Pitzen checked her 6-year-old son out of an IL elementary school on May 11, 2011. She said his mother loved him very much but appeared "very sad" the morning she went to take her son out of school. She had died by suicide, leaving behind a note that said her son was with people who love him. "You will never find him".

He told police he had escaped from two men with bodybuilder physiques who were holding him at a hotel in an area approximately 300 miles (480 km) from his hometown of Aurora, according to a police report.

A 14-year-old told authorities in Kentucky on Wednesday that he's Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who disappeared from the Chicago suburb seven-years ago.

The FBI's Louisville office and the FBI's Cincinnati office confirm they're actively coordinating with Newport police, Cincinnati police, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and Aurora, Illinois police.

Hopes were briefly raised on Wednesday (local time) when a man, who said he had escaped kidnappers, was Timmothy, however DNA tests have revealed that he actually Brian Rini of Medina in northeast Ohio.

Aurora Police say two detectives are on their way to the Cincinnati area to assist the FBI and local authorities with the investigation.

Aurora police continued their search for almost eight years, and Pitzen's family continued to hope they would see him again.

Sharonville police said in a statement that the teen described his white male kidnappers - their builds, clothes and tattoos - for police and said they had been in a Ford SUV with Wisconsin license plates.

A name and birthday that he gave to police matched Pitzen's.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Timmothy Pitzen is the only missing child from Aurora. But they're hoping to have something later Thursday.

"We always felt strongly that Tim was alive", said Pitzen's aunt, Kara Jacobs.

"He told me he had been kidnapped he just really wanted to get home he lived in IL that's what he told me and he just was passed around to people that he didn't know", she said. "We don't want to get our hopes up and our family's hopes up until we know something".

Police said Rini also has a history of passing bad checks.

After being dropped off at school by his father, Timmothy was picked up that evening by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, 43.

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 vehicle seat and Spider-Man backpack were gone.

At the time, police searched for Timmothy in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, but he was never found. "We've had false reports and false hopes before".

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