FBI in Louisville have confirmed the boy found in Kentucky yesterday is not Timmothy Pitzen, after DNA results come back negative.
Police say the 14-year-old told officers on Wednesday that he’d escaped two kidnappers in Cincinnati and ran across a bridge to Newport, Kentucky. He then told them his name was Timmothy Pitzen.
However, in a tweet on Thursday evening, the FBI said a DNA test conducted on the boy concluded that he wasn’t missing Timmothy – who vanished on May 11 2011, after being taken out of school by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen.
She took him on a three-day holiday before checking in alone to a motel and killing herself. She left a not saying her son was safe, but added: ‘You’ll never find him’.
The results confirm the Aurora’s skepticism that the incident could have been an elaborate hoax, where they say they’ve investigated false leads over the past eight years.
‘FBILouisville, Newport PD, 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 tweeted on Thursday.
‘A local investigation continues into this person’s true identity. To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family. Unfortunately, that day will not be today.’
Timmothy Pitzen’s grandmother has said her family will ‘do everything to get him back to a good life’ after a teenager came forward claiming to be the missing youngster (pictured before disappearing in 2011)
According to an officer’s dispatch report, the boy told police he was born on October 18, 2004, the same day as Timmothy, and also gave his correct middle name of James.
The report also says the boy claimed that he’d managed to flee ‘from two kidnappers that have been holding him for seven years’.
He said his abductors had most recently been keeping him in a Red Roof Inn, thought to be in Cincinnati, Ohio.
When he saw his chance to escape he fled and ‘kept running across a bridge’ – the state line – and into Newport, Kentucky, police say.
Locals who saw the ‘fidgety’ 14-year-old boy when he was found said that his face was bruised and he appeared to be ‘very scared and agitated’.
‘He walked up to my car and he went, “Can you help me? I just want to get home. Can you just please help me?'” a good Samaritan told a 911 dispatcher. ‘And I asked him what was going on and he told me he’s been kidnapped.’
One woman revealed to
‘Really you felt bad for him, his face looked like he’d been beat up,’ she said. ‘He had a really big bruise on his face. I was hurt for him’
Another resident told