Teen Tells Police He Escaped Kidnappers Who Abducted Him 7 Years Ago

Minnie Murray
April 5, 2019

She said: "We just know a 14-year-old boy was found and went to the police".

Wednesday morning, a 14-year-old boy told authorities that he was Timmothy and that he "had just escaped from two kidnappers that have been holding him for 7 years", according to an incident report from the Sharonville Police Department in Ohio.

Louisville FBI officials tweeted Wednesday that they are now working with national and local authorities in Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and police in Aurora, Illinois and Newport, Kentucky.

The FBI and police are working to verify whether the boy is Timmothy.

Pitzen was last seen in May 2011. The Chicago Tribune reported that detectives from suburban Aurora, Illinois, left Wednesday for Ohio.

The teen told authorities in Campbell County, Kentucky that he had just escaped from kidnappers, identifying himself as the missing IL boy, CNN reported.

The teen told police he escaped his captors and proceeded to run across a bridge into Kentucky.

A source says DNA is being rushed to the lab and they hope to have it back at some point Wednesday.

An official report about the case states: "Timothy described the two kidnappers as two male, whites, body-builder type build".


In 2017, the center said it had assisted officers and families with more than 27,000 missing children.

The results of the DNA test may come as early as Thursday, one day after the teen was taken into police custody, but the case has been of national interest for years as relatives held out hope he was still alive. "We are thinking about him, and we love him, and we will do everything to get him back to a good life", she said.

The 14-year-old also gave police the correct middle name, James, the same as his dad's Christian name, according to CBS Chicago. To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family. She added, "I feel so sorry for the young man who's obviously had a disgusting time and felt the need to say he was somebody else".

The teen had visible bruises on his face when he was found and told witnesses he had been running for hours, according to U.S. media reports.

Pitzen's grandmother said that despite today's false alarm, the family still hopes to find him someday, according to ABC. (40 miles north), then to a Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. She said that, if the boy really is her grandson, the family still loves him and they've never stopped looking for him.

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.

Police and the FBI are investigating whether a teen found wandering in Kentucky on Wednesday is Timmothy. Pitzen was found a few days later dead by suicide in a Rockford, Ill., hotel room, according to The Beacon-News.

In 2013, her phone was discovered on the side of a northern IL road, but its data did not offer new direction.

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

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