The story is a tragedy from start to finish, but with the latest news, there just might be a silver lining to this dark cloud that has been Timmothy Pitzen’s life for the last eight years.
Authorities in Cincinnati, Ohio say a young teen boy they found wandering in the streets claims to have escaped from his captors and is, in fact, the Aurora, Illinois boy who disappeared the same day his mother committed suicide eight years ago.
CBS Chicago reports that “Newport police found the boy in a Newport neighborhood after someone reported a young teen walking around the area as if “he didn’t belong there.”
“Residents in Newport KY saw [the] teen with bruises on his face. One resident said [the] boy told her he had been ‘passed around’ for 7 years.
“Aurora police are now in Cincinnati to determine if the teen is Timmothy Pitzen, who has been missing since 2011.” Newport is just ten minutes away from Cincinnati, right across the Ohio River.
“Newport police told CBS affiliate WKRC-TV a 14-year-old boy found wandering a neighborhood told officers he had been kidnapped and his name is Timmothy Pitzen.
“The boy was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Cincinnati is across the Ohio River from Newport “ WKRC reporter Brad Underwood spoke to witnesses who say the boy’s face was "bruised and he was very scared and agitated.”
Crime Online reports, “When questioned, the teen said he was 14 years old and kidnapped years ago. He also said he was being held in a Red Roof Inn, but he didn’t know the exact location.
“With the assistance of the Sharonville police, authorities began searching area hotels. The teen said his captors fled and went across a bridge in Kentucky.”
The boy said his captors were two white men with muscular physiques, one off whom has a spider web tattoo on his neck and the other has a “snake tattoo on his arms.”
If the young man IS Timmothy, it will be an ending to the story that his grieving father has only dreamed of.
The last time Jim Pitzen saw his son, he was dropping the six-year-old off at school. Later that day, Timmothy’s mom, Amy Pitzen, allegedly checked the boy out of school and took him on a road trip. He was never seen again.
Three days after the boy was taken, Amy was found dead in a motel room, dead from “self-inflicted cuts and slashes to her wrists and neck.” Her cause of death was later determined to be from an overdose.
Little Timothy was nowhere to be found, his backpack and the clothes he had ben wearing were missing. The only thing they found was a suicide note in which Amy said her son was safe and with people who would take good care off him. At the end, she wrote, “you will never find him.”
The last known photograph was of little Timmothy at a water park in Wisconsin Dells. Video surveillance footage shows the boy and his mother waiting in line for a ride.
In 2018, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children released an age-progressed image of what Timmothy would likely look like at age 13.
DNA tests are being performed in an effort to confirm the boy’s identity. Until those results come in, the boy is being cared for at the hospital.
In the meantime, Police say Timmothy Pitzen’s case remains “active.” They ask that anyone with information should contact the Aurora Police at 630-256-5500 or they the NCMEC hotline at 1-800-843-5678.
Please join us in praying that this teen turns out to be the lost little boy and that he and his father can have the long-awaited reunion neither one ever thought they’d have.