The DNA test identifying the young teen claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen has come back after many people wondered if an almost eight-year case could have come to an end.
On April 3, 2019, a teenage boy was seen nervously pacing a neighborhood in Sharonville, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The young boy’s reaction to passing cars made residents in the community believe that he was running away from danger rather than trying to cause it.
Shortly after someone called 911 and said, “He walked up to my car and he went, ‘Can you help me? I just want to get home. Please help me.’ I asked him what’s going on, and he tells me he’s been kidnapped and he’s been traded through all these people and he just wanted to go home.”
When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, they asked the teen his name but they were not expecting what would come out of his mouth: Timmothy Pitzen.
If the boy truly was who he said he was, it would end an almost eight-year-long search.
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“With details still emerging about the possible recovery of Timmothy Pitzen, we remain hopeful. Here at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, we never give up our search for a #missing child. We ask that you keep Timmothy and all missing children in your thoughts.” – National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
His father, Jim Pitzen, dropped Timmothy off at his elementary school in Aurora, Illinois, on May 11, 2011, but his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, checked their son out of school early.
Once Pitzen realized that his wife and son had disappeared, he filed a report in order to try to bring them home safely.
Timmothy was last seen on May 13, 2011, with his mother at a resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Fry-Pitzen was found in a Rockford, Illinois, hotel room where investigators concluded that she had died by suicide.
A note was found beside her saying that the boy was left in good care, but that he would never be found.
Investigators searched tirelessly for over almost eight years without any luck.
In a video published in 2013, Timmothy’s aunt Kara Jacobs told NCMEC, “We just believe with every fiber of our being that he is alive. So without any kind of logic to give you, I can just tell you that I know he’s alive.”
The boy who was found in Ohio was able to give the correct birth date as well as give his father’s name.
Aurora Police traveled to Ohio to perform a DNA test on the boy who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen.
On April 4, 2019, FBI Louisville tweeted, “DNA results have been returned indicating the person in question is not Timmothy Pitzen.”
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
Now the biggest questions are, who is the 14-year-old boy and how did he know so many details about Timmothy’s life?
And where is Timmothy?
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Timmothy Pitzen, please leave a tip with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.