The FBI has issued a statement revealing the results of the DNA test performed on a young teen boy found wandering in Kentucky on Wednesday. But, science does not bring the good news that family and community members were hoping to hear.
The teen told police he was Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who disappeared from Illinois almost eight years ago. He claimed to have been held captive by two men and had only just escaped from the Red Roof Inn where he said he was being held.
The FBI announced Thursday afternoon that DNA results came back negative, according to WCPO.
“The family of Timmothy Pitzen was waiting to see if the person found in Newport Wednesday could be the same child who has been missing since 2011, but it turned out to be another false lead.”
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."
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."
The FBI revealed the true identity of the ‘boy’ who was found and it turns out that he is “actually 23-year-old Brian Rini of Medina, Ohio, Newport Police Chief Tom Collins told ABC News.”
“To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family,” an FBI spokesperson stated. “Unfortunately, that day will not be today.”
No further information was given.
Please continue to pray for Timmothy and his family. Just because this person was NOT Timmothy, doesn't mean he ISN'T out there somewhere.