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Through DNA testing, the FBI have determined the teen found in Kentucky is not Timmothy Pitzen.
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CINCINNATI – DNA tests show that the person found Wednesday in Northern Kentucky is not Timmothy Pitzen, the FBI said Thursday afternoon.

Instead, officials said it was a 23-year-old convicted felon from Medina, Ohio – Brian Michael Rini.

On Wednesday, Rini told police he was Timmothy, who has been missing from Illinois for nearly eight years.

Newport, Kentucky, Police Chief Tom Collins told The Enquirer that he doesn’t know why Rini made up the story. Collins said his department and the FBI are both looking at pursuing charges, although it’s not yet clear what charges Rini could face.

He has an adult criminal record dating back to 2013.

Records show Rini was released from an Ohio prison March 7 after serving more than a year for burglary and vandalism.

Rini was among four men charged in Medina County in 2017 after officials said they hosted a party and caused more than $1,000 in damage to a former model home.

According to the Medina Gazette, Rini had visited the $400,000 home as a potential buyer. Two days later, he introduced himself to neighbors and told them he had purchased the house and was hosting a party that night, the Gazette reported.

Rini also has been convicted twice, in 2015 and 2016, of making false alarms involving a law enforcement agency, records show. He also has convictions for passing bad checks and falsification.

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The Aurora (Illinois) Police Department will continue to lead the investigation into Timmothy’s disappearance. The FBI will assist when needed, FBI Louisville spokesman Timothy Beam said.

“To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family,” the FBI statement added. “Unfortunately, that day will not be today.”

 

Timmothy was 6 years old when he was reported missing in May 2011. He lived in Aurora, Illinois.

 

There have been reported sightings over the years, but nothing nearly as definitive as what happened Wednesday morning in Newport.

Authorities received a call about a person on Columbia Street who “didn’t seem like he belonged there,” Newport Police Chief Tom Collins told The Enquirer.

A person police said was Rini told them he was Timmothy James Pitzen and had escaped from two men who were holding him captive and then ran across a bridge into Kentucky. He gave Timmothy’s date of birth.

He also gave detailed descriptions of the two men he called “kidnappers,” a police report says.

He described, also in specific detail, a Ford SUV with Wisconsin license plates he said they had been driving.

Rini, in fact, was treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The police department in Aurora sent two of its detectives to assist.

Timmothy’s family addressed the media Thursday after the announcement that their loved one was still gone.

“It’s been awful,” said Alana Anderson, Timmothy’s grandmother. “I feel so sorry for the young man who’s obviously had a horrible time and felt the need to say he was someone else.

“It’s kind of back to ground zero for us.”

Kara Jacobs, Timmothy’s aunt, said the missing child’s father is devastated.

“It’s like reliving that day all over again,” she said.

Timmothy was last seen the morning of May 13, 2011, in a security video, when he and his mother checked out of a resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Two days before, Amy Fry-Pitzen had taken him out of school.

She was found dead in an Illinois hotel room from an apparent suicide.

She left a note saying Timmothy was “somewhere safe with people who love him and will take care of him,” according to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.

“You will never find him,” the note said.

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Follow Max Londberg and Kevin Grasha on Twitter: @MaxLondberg and @kgrasha

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