(Reuters) – The individual who claimed to be Illinois teen Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing eight years in the past, is a grown man with a legal document, in accordance to the FBI and state data.
Brian Michael Rini, 23, informed police within the Kentucky city of Newport that he had escaped kidnappers and was Timmothy, who would now be 14 years previous, briefly elevating hope the long-lost boy had been discovered, FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren mentioned.
Timmothy was final seen after his mom pulled him out of faculty in Aurora, Illinois, a far-west suburb of Chicago, after which dedicated suicide.
Lindgren, of the company’s Cincinnati bureau, mentioned on Thursday that DNA exams carried out on the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital confirmed that the individual who claimed to be Timmothy was in actual fact Rini.
The story that Timmothy may need been discovered unfold shortly on-line Wednesday, as customers weighed in to say they prayed for the child’s protected return.
Police, nonetheless, had been cautious all through the investigation, refusing to talk about the case till DNA outcomes got here again.
“Law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family,” the FBI mentioned after the exams. “Unfortunately, that day will not be today.”
Speaking at a information convention posted on-line, Timmothy’s aunt, Karla Jacobs, urged compassion for Rini.
“We know you are out there somewhere Tim and we will never stop looking for you, praying for you and loving you,” she mentioned. “We hope that everyone will join us in praying for the young man who claims to be Timmothy Pitzen.”
A public data search in Ohio confirmed Rini was launched from the Belmont Correctional Institution on March 7, the place he had been serving 14 months for housebreaking and vandalism.
Timmothy Pitzen disappeared in May 2011 on the age of 6, after his mom, Amy Fry-Pitzen, pulled him out of faculty and took him on a visit to a zoo and a water park. She dedicated suicide quickly afterward in a motel room, leaving a be aware that native media mentioned made the boy’s whereabouts a thriller.
“Tim is somewhere safe with people who love him and will care for him,” she wrote within the be aware, in accordance to experiences by ABC7 Chicago. “You will never find him.”
Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York and Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California; Editing by James Dalgleish and Peter Cooney
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