Brian Michael Rini, 23, told police in the Kentucky town of Newport that he had escaped kidnappers and was Timmothy, who would now be 14-years-old, briefly raising hope the long-lost boy had been found, FBI spokesman Todd Lindgren said.
Timmothy was last seen after his mother pulled him out of school in Aurora, Illinois, a far-west suburb of Chicago, and then committed suicide.
Lindgren, of the agency’s Cincinnati bureau, said on Thursday (April 4) that DNA tests conducted at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital showed that the person who claimed to be Timmothy was in fact Rini.
Police, however, were cautious throughout the investigation, refusing to discuss the case until DNA results came back.
A public records search in Ohio showed Rini was released from the Belmont Correctional Institution on March 7, where he had been serving 14 months for burglary and vandalism.
Timmothy Pitzen disappeared in May 2011 at the age of 6, after his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, pulled him out of school and took him on a trip to a zoo and a water park. She committed suicide soon afterward in a motel room, leaving a note that local media said made the boy’s whereabouts a mystery.
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