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Family of Timmothy Pitzen will keep looking for missing boy


Through DNA testing, the FBI have determined the teen found in Kentucky is not Timmothy Pitzen.

CINCINNATI — The aunt and grandmother of Timmothy Pitzen, the Illinois boy missing for nearly eight years, spoke Thursday after learning a person claiming to be the missing boy was not a DNA match.

Side by side, his grandmother, Alana Anderson, and his aunt, Kara Jacobs thanked people for prayers, support and well wishes and talked about how difficult the past 24 hours have been. At one point, Jacobs put her arm around Anderson.

Timmothy’s grandmother said she had spent the last 24 hours on tenterhooks.

“It’s been awful. We’ve been alternately hopeful and frightened. It’s just been exhausting. I feel so sorry for the young many who’s obviously had a horrible time and felt the need to say he was someone else,” she said.

His aunt said it was devastating to learn the person in Newport was not Timmothy.

“It’s like living that day all over again. Timmothy’s father is devastated once again,” Jacobs said. 

“It’s kind of back to ground zero for us. You know, kind of reliving everything that did happen and renewing the loss one more time,” his grandmother said.

“I was very close to Tim. He spent a lot of time here. The last morning I had him he crawled in bed with me and told me I was the best grandma in the whole wide world. He’s a wonderful little boy, and I hope he has the strength and personality to do whatever he needs to do to find us,” she said. 

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“My prayer has always been that when he was old enough he would find us if we couldn’t find him.”

Jacobs thanked all law enforcement for their work over the years in trying to find Timmothy.

“Unfortunately this child is not our beloved Timmothy. We know that you are out there somewhere, Tim. And we will never stop looking for you, praying for you and loving you,” Jacobs said.

“We hope that everyone will join us in praying for the young man who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen. There are far too many lost children in desperate need of help.

“We hope our tragedy will help to shed some light on the horrific problems of suicide and missing children in our country.”


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