UPDATE (4:40 p.m., Tuesday, April 4): Following a DNA test conducted by the FBI, the boy found yesterday in the Cincinnati Area who said he was being held at a Red Roof Inn is reportedly NOT Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011.
The person has been identified as 24-year-old Brian Rini.
FBILouisville, @FBICincinnati, @AuroraPoliceIL, Newport PD, @CincyPD, and HCSO have been conducting a missing person investigation. DNA results have been returned indicating the person in question is not Timmothy Pitzen.
— FBI Louisville (@FBILouisville) April 4, 2019
Police believe that the 14-year-old boy who has been found after being abducted seven years ago is Aurora, Illinois native Timmothy Pitzen. The FBI has conducted a DNA test to identify the teen and nothing has been confirmed at this time.
According to initial reports from the Sharonville and Blue Ash police, the 14-year-old teen told police that he was being held at a Red Roof Inn hotel somewhere in the area. However, police say the teen was unable to say which one specifically.
After his discovery, local police agencies such as the Newport police, Cincinnati police, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Aurora, Illinois police began working together to determine whether Pitzen was really who he claimed to be.
Pitzen was last seen in Aurora, Illinois, on Thursday, May 12, 2011, when he was picked up from school by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen.
Reports at the time indicated that Fry-Pitzen took her son on a three-day trip to various amusement parks prior to being found dead by suicide in a Rockford, Illinois motel room. A suicide note found near Fry-Pitzen’s body said that while Timmothy was safe, he would “never be found.”
Pitzen was just six-years-old at the time of his abduction.
— WCPO 9 (@WCPO) April 3, 2019
Police agencies in the area were subsequently ordered to search Red Roof Inns in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.
Reports indicate that Pitzen’s family is currently en route to the Cincinnati area where Timmothy was found.
Pitzen’s story was just recently featured on the “Missing” segment of the TV series Live PD back on August 25, 2018.
That is all the information that is available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available at any time. If there is anything that we missed, please feel free to send an email to [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.