WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A teenager in Kentucky tells authorities that he is Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who went missing in Illinois in 2011 after his mother was found dead of what appeared to be a suicide in a motel room in Rockford.
- According to a police report, the teen told the FBI he escaped two kidnappers who have held him captive for seven years.
- Investigators are working with authorities in different states to confirm his identity.
A teenager in Kentucky is convincing authorities that he is the boy who’s gone missing in Illinois in 2011. The teen, who claims that he is Timmothy Pitzen of Aurora, Illinois, told the FBI that he escaped his two kidnappers, according to a Sharonville, Ohio, police report.
According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Timmothy Pitzen was known to be in the company of his mother who was found dead of an apparent suicide in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois, in May 2011.
Timmothy would now be 14 years old.
On Wednesday morning, the teenager went to authorities in Campbell County, Kentucky, claiming he escaped from his abductors who have held him captive for seven years.
The teen said that they were staying at a Red Roof Inn but could not provide its exact location. When he got the chance to escape, he ran across a bridge from Ohio to Kentucky, the police report states.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Sharonville Police Department on its Facebook page, they clarified that they had yet to have any contact with the teen. “We have no information indicating that the missing juvenile was ever in the city of Sharonville,” the department wrote.
A spokesman for Aurora police said: “We cannot confirm that the person of interest here is Timmothy Pitzen. At this time we have no further information to provide.”
Alana Anderson, Timmothy’s grandmother, told NBC News that she has been coordinating with Aurora police. She said she never stopped thinking about Timmothy since she last saw him when he was 6 1/2 years old.
“His mother left me a letter and she said that he would be with people who would love him and take care of him,” she said. “She felt that her life had come to an end and she was going to end her life and she didn’t want to leave him without good parenting.”
The teenager is currently in a hospital, recovering, and that the results of his DNA tests are expected to be released Thursday.
Timmothy’s father, who is in Iowa, is “trying very hard to hold it together,” as he anxiously waits for the result of the teenager’s identity.
Source: NBC News