Timmothy Pitzen is still missing. The FBI say a "14-year-old boy” who told police he was the missing boy is actually a 23-year-old man with a criminal history.
Police found him wandering the streets in Kentucky on Wednesday. He said he was 14, his name was Timothy Pitzen, and he was kidnapped as a child. He managed to escape his kidnappers and run across a bridge into Kentucky.
But DNA tests proved the person is actually Brian Michael Rini, a petty criminal from Medina, Ohio.
The real Timmothy Pitzen went missing in May 2011 at age 6. He was last seen alive with his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, who was found dead in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois on May 14, three days after she checked her son out of his kindergarten class.
A suicide note was pinned to her body. It read, "You will never find him."
Police say the note was penned by Fry-Pitzen. The note said the boy was safe and with people who would care for him, but that he would never be found.
The discovery of a disheveled person identifying himself as the missing boy made headlines nationally and gave Timmothy's grandmother hope.
Social media users criticized the police when the news broke on Thursday.
"Was it the 5 o'clock shadow that gave it away!" one Twitter user wrote.
— Jeff Wills ie Sparky per Jim Cramer (@jeffwills08) April 5, 2019
"It's been awful, said Timmothy's grandmother Alana Anderson. "I feel so sorry for the young man who's obviously had a terrible time and felt the need to say he was someone else."
Police say Rini has a criminal record dating back to 2013. His charges include passing bad checks and ID theft. It isn't clear why police didn't run his fingerprints to identify him.
Police say they are considering filing charges against Rini.
Surveillance video shows Fry-Pitzen checking into a hotel with her son before he disappeared and she committed suicide.
A 14-year-old boy who told police he had escaped from kidnappers is claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing eight years ago.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 4, 2019