The long investigation of a child's 2011 disappearance may have reached a happy resolution Wednesday in Newport, Kentucky, where neighbors found a skinny, bruised teenage boy claiming to have escaped a pair of kidnappers who held him for multiple years.
Timmothy said his kidnappers were two white men with a "body-builder type build" and tattoos, according to the Sharonville police incident report. They were driving a white newer model Ford SUV with yellow transfer paint, Wisconsin plates and a dent on the left back bumper.
Timmothy vanished at age 6 after his mother pulled him out of kindergarten early one day, took him on a two-day road trip to the zoo and a water park, and then killed herself at a hotel.
Pitzen, from Aurora in IL, disappeared after his mother picked him up from school and took him on a holiday, before killing herself.
"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".
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"It's been terrible. We've been on tenterhooks", she said of the family's disappointment Thursday. He said he was Timmothy Pitzen.
On May 14, Fry-Pitzen was discovered dead in her room at a Rockford motel, her wrists slashed and having consumed a fatal amount of antihistamines. "I'm very hopeful that it's him and that he's okay... and he's going to come back to us", Anderson said.
"We have this child who said he ran away".
Police and the FBI are investigating whether a teen found wandering in Kentucky on Wednesday is Timmothy. She committed suicide soon afterwards in a motel room, leaving a note that local media said made the boy's whereabouts a mystery. "It's got people thinking about the case again and perhaps looking at the case with new eyes". "That was kind of the best I could hope for".
"She was definitely wrestling with the demons and the demons were winning", Pitzen's father, James Pitzen, said of Fry-Pitzen.
Pitzen's aunt, Kara Jacobs, said the family was overjoyed and scared at the same time when they got word that the boy could have been found. Police arrived at a Wadsworth Road parking lot and got a vague report from the man about some acquaintances he'd picked up who started fighting in the vehicle.
In 2013, her phone was discovered on the side of a northern IL road, but its data did not offer new direction. One had black, curly hair, wore a Mountain Dew shirt and jeans and had a spider web tattoo on his neck. "And how do they know him?"
A teenager told police that he escaped from captivity on Wednesday and identified himself as a boy who has been missing for seven years, U.S. media reported.