Teenager claims to be boy missing since mother’s suicide in 2011
The youth came forward to tell authorities he is Timmothy Pitzen, now 14, whose mother killed herself in a hotel room eight years ago.
A teenager has come forward to US authorities to claim he is a boy who went missing after his mother killed herself at a hotel eight years ago.
In 2011, six-year-old Timmothy Pitzen’s mother picked him up at school in Illinois, took him to a zoo and a water park, and then killed herself, leaving a note in which she said her son was fine but no one would ever find him.
On Wednesday, a teenager came forward to tell authorities he is Timmothy, now 14, and authorities from his home town of Aurora, Illinois, are checking out the story.
We just don't want to get our hopes up. We've had false reports and false hopes before Alana Anderson
The boy claimed he had escaped from two kidnappers in the Cincinnati area and then fled across a bridge into Kentucky.
Aurora Police Sergeant Bill Rowley said: “We’ve probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas. We have no idea what we’re driving down there for. It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax.”
Timmothy’s grandmother Alana Anderson told WISN-TV that authorities have told the family “very little”.
“We just know a 14-year-old boy was found and went to the police,” she 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.”
Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville wrote in a short incident report that the boy said he had “just escaped from two kidnappers” he described as white men with body builder-type physiques.
Media: Ref: Timmothy Pitzen The City of Sharonville Police Department, like every other police agency in the greater...Posted by Sharonville Police Department on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
They were in a Ford SUV with Wisconsin licence plates and had been staying at a Red Roof Inn, he said.
Sharonville police said the information about the boy’s reported escape was received by police in Campbell County, Kentucky.
“The City of Sharonville Police Department, like every other police agency in the greater Cincinnati area, was requested to check their Red Roof Inn hotels regarding this incident,” the post read.
“To the best of our knowledge, we have no information indicating that the missing juvenile was ever in the city of Sharonville.”
Media: In addition, the news media is reporting and has alluded that the Sharonville Police Department has had contact...Posted by Sharonville Police Department on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The FBI said in a statement that its offices in Cincinnati and in Louisville, Kentucky, were working on a missing child investigation with Aurora police and departments in Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky, and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio.
The body of 43-year-old Amy Fry-Pitzen was found on May 15 2011 with slashed wrists.
Police believe she killed herself at a hotel in Rockford, Illinois, after taking Timmothy to a zoo and a Wisconsin water park.
Police investigating her death said she took steps that suggest she might have left her son with a friend.
At the time, police searched for Timmothy in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.