Federal Bureau of Investigation rejects teen's claim to be long-missing boy

Boy last seen in Wisconsin in 2011 possibly found alive, says he was held captive

USA police were working on Thursday to confirm whether a teenager found a day earlier was the same boy who went missing eight years ago after his mother was found dead.

To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family.

For a day and a half, a breakthrough seemed to be at hand when a young man found wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday (local time) identified himself as 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared under tragic circumstances when he was just six in 2011.

There has been a possible break in the case of a missing IL boy last seen in Wisconsin Dells with his mother eight years ago.

Timmothy's aunts told media on Thursday that they felt frightful that Rini felt the need to pretend to be someone else and hope that authorities can find his family.

Results of DNA tests proved that the imposter is actually a 23-year-old ex-convict from Medina, Ohio, named Brian Michael Rini, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police in Newport, Ky.

Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville wrote in a short incident report that the boy said Wednesday morning that he had "just escaped from two kidnappers" he described as white men with body builder-type physiques. "Unfortunately, that day will not be today", Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Timothy Beam in Louisville said in a statement.

"I'm floored!" Timmothy's uncle Michael Jacobs said in an interview with CNN.

Over the years, police said they've received thousands of tips, including other false Timmothy sightings.

"We don't want to get our hopes up and our family's hopes up until we know something".

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She said the person looked scared and cold and he had bruises on his face.

The teenager told police that he was Timmothy and that he had escaped two kidnappers.

The man claiming to be Pitzen was taken to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, one of the top children's hospitals in America. I knew he was alive. One suspect has a spider web tattoo on his neck, the other a snake tattoo on his arm. He said they had been staying at a Red Roof Inn, but he had no idea where.

"It created a renewed awareness in the case", said Sgt. Bill Rowley, Aurora police spokesperson. Although we are disappointed that this turned out to be a hoax, we remain diligent in our search for Timmothy, as our missing person's case remains unsolved.

"The fact this is a hoax is certainly a disappointment, but it's our job and we understand it's the nature of our work".

Fry-Pitzen checked into the Rockford Inn on May 13, 2011, but Timmothy apparently was not with her.

The person found in Kentucky claiming to be a boy that has been missing for seven years is actually a 23-year-old man from Medina, according to Newport, Kentucky police chief Thomas Collins. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has said Timmothy was last seen at a water park in Wisconsin in 2011.

The men drove a Ford SUV with Wisconsin plates, police said.

Timmothy was gone and his mother left a cryptic note saying her son was safe and with people who would care for him.

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