Is a 14 year old boy the missing Aurora, Illinois seven year old child, Timmothy Pitzen, missing since 2011? Teen found wandering streets of Cincinnati.
A 14 year old teen found wandering the streets of Cincinnati has told police that he is the missing boy who first went missing in 2011 – following him saying he had just escaped from a residence where he’d been kept captive for seven years.
The 14-year-old boy told cops that he was Timmothy Pitzen and he had just escaped from two men with ‘body builder-type physiques’ who had held him captive for seven years, police in Sharonville, Ohio wrote in an incident report.
He said they were holding him in a Red Roof Inn in the state – but couldn’t identify which one.
Residents who live near where the 14-year-old boy was found in Newport, Cincinnati, told CBS Chicago the his face was bruised and he appeared to be ‘very scared and agitated’
Pitzen vanished without a trace on May 11, 2011, shortly after being dropped off at Greenman Elementary School, in Aurora, Illinois, by his father.
The boy, just 6-years-old at the time, was later picked-up by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, 43 who told the school she needed to take her son home because of a family emergency.
Fry-Pitzen then took her son on a three-day holiday, visiting the zoo and several water-parks before she was found dead inside a motel room, in Rockford of an apparent suicide.
A note left behind by the mother stated her son was safe and in the care of others, but added: ‘You’ll never find him’.
Timmothy Pitzen father: ‘Every day I get up and check my phone and wait for the detectives to say ‘Hey, we found Timmothy here’.
In an interview with Crime Watch Daily, in 2017, James Pitzen described the fateful day he dropped his son off at school and never saw him again.
‘I dropped Timmothy off at school and he hopped out of the back seat and ran off to school,’ he recalled in 2017. ‘And I said ‘I love you buddy,’ and he said ‘I love you too, dad, and I’ll see you later,’ and I’m like ‘OK.’ And I watched him run off to class.’
James says both he and Timmothy’s mother were struggling in their marriage at the time, but insisted he was stunned when he was told of Amy’s suicide.
The father said he knew Timmothy was alive somewhere, as his wife would never do anything to harm their son.
‘Every day I get up and check my phone and wait for the detectives to say ‘Hey, we found Timmothy here,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be a glorious day when he comes home. Just can’t wait. It’s going to be happy. I’m going to cry a lot. I’m going to cry a lot when he comes home.’
Come Wednesday, Aurora police said that they were sending two detectives to the Cincinnati area where the 14-year-old boy was found. Sgt. Bill Rowley of the Aurora police department said he wasn’t sure if he really was the missing boy — but they would investigate the case.
‘Pitzen disappeared 10 years ago and we’ve probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas,’ Rowley said. ‘We have no idea what we’re driving down there for. It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax.’
The FBI said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that they are working on a missing child case with several police departments in Ohio, as well as the Aurora police department and one in Kentucky.
The results of DNA tests are now pending.