Police say teenage boy found is Timmothy Pitzen who disappeared 7 years ago

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Almost 8 years ago, Timmothy Pitzen, who was 6 years old at the time that he disappeared. His mother picked him up from school, took him to the zoo and who was later found dead by an apparent suicide in her hotel room. She left behind a note, stating that her son was fine and safe but would never be found.

According to a police report from the Sharonville Police Department, the boy — who identified himself as Pitzen — told investigators that he had just escaped two men who held him hostage for years.

(USA) A teenage boy who was found by police in Newport, Kentucky, says he is Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in Illinois seven years ago.

Police are working to confirm the boy’s identity and have not publicly named him.

Sharonville, Ohio, police, who assisted in the investigation, released a report Wednesday afternoon detailing their role.
The report says Campbell County dispatch asked for local agencies to search Red Roof Inns and other area motels after the teen claimed he’d been held in one.

The teen told police he escaped his captors and proceeded to run across a bridge into Kentucky. The exact location was not disclosed.

Police aren’t telling the family too much.

“We just know a 14-year-old boy was found and went to the police,” Pitzen’s grandmother Alana Anderson said. “We don’t want to get our hopes up and our family’s hopes up until we know something. We just don’t want to get our hopes up. We’ve had false reports and false hopes before.”

Authorities are awaiting the results of a DNA test to determine whether a boy found in Kentucky really is Timmothy Pitzen.


The FBI announced today that DNA testing confirms that the teen found in Kentucky on Wednesday who claimed to be a missing child is not him.