FBI, Police Investigating Whether Long-Missing Boy is in Newport
UPDATE: THURSDAY, APRIL 4:
The boy found in Newport was determined not to be the missing boy from Illinois. Instead, it turned to be a 23-year old man from Ohio who had recently been released from incarceration. Brian Michael Rini is not currently charged with any crimes but police are consulting with prosecutors on the matter, according to reports.
Statement from the FBI office in Louisville:
FBI Louisville, FBI Cincinnati, Aurora Police Department, Newport Police Department, Cincinnati Police Department, and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office have been conducting an investigation into an alleged missing person. DNA results have been returned indicating the person in question is not Timmothy Pitzen. A local investigation continues into this person's true identity. Special thanks to Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Northern Kentucky Children's Advocacy Center for their assistance. To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family. Unfortunately, that day will not be today.
The Aurora Police continue to lead the investigation into the Timmothy's disappearance. The FBI will continue to support this investigation in any way possible. Anyone with genuine information about the case is asked to call the Aurora Police Department at 630-256-5000 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).
ORIGINAL STORY FROM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Louisville said on Wednesday that it is actively coordinating with Newport, Cincinnati, and Aurora, Illinois Police, as well as the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office on a missing child investigation.
The boy may have been located in Newport.
Timmothy Pitzen disappeared on May 12, 2011 when he was six years old, and was last seen at a water park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
He would be 14 now, and the above photo shows him at age 6 and in an age-progressed image as a 14-year old.
Pitzen was last seen with his mother who was later found dead in Rockford, Illinois, reportedly taking her own life.
Aurora police did not confirm that the investigation in Cincinnati was related to Timmothy's disappearance. The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Louisville tweeted Wednesday afternoon that it was coordinating, alongside the FBI in Cincinnati, with police in Aurora, Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky, as well as the Hamilton County sheriff's office, on a missing child investigation. The FBI also declined to confirm that the investigation was related to Timmothy's case.
Timmothy's disappearance has remained a mystery since Amy Fry Pitzen took her son out of school and traveled to multiple Midwest water parks before she was found dead of an apparent suicide in a Rockford motel room on May 14, 2011. A note left behind in the motel room said that Timmothy was safe and in someone's care, but the boy was never found.
Newport Police told local media that a boy was found wandering a neighborhood and told officers that he had been kidnapped and that his named in Timmothy Pitzen.
WCPO reported that the boy claimed to have been held at an area Red Roof Inn, prompting local investigators to check the guest lists at hotels with that name across the region.
This story may be updated.