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14-year-old turns up in Kentucky, claims to be boy who went missing seven years ago


Police and the FBI are trying to figure out what happened

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UPDATE: The FBI has revealed that DNA tests prove that the 14-year-old was not Timmothy Pitzen. Authorities are still unsure of who the teenager actually is, and are unfortunately no closer to solving the Pitzen disappearance.

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A teenager claims to be an abductee who disappeared seven years ago.

Here's what we know

In 2011, 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen disappeared from a water park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Only a few days later, his mother was found dead from an apparent suicide. She left a note saying that her son was still alive, but cryptically added "[y]ou'll never find him."

On Wednesday, a bruised and skittish 14-year-old walked into a small town in Kentucky, prompting concerned residents to contact authorities. He told police that he was Pitzen, and he had been held by two people in the Cincinnati area but had just escaped.

According to a police report from the Sharonville Police Department in Ohio, "Timothy[sic] described the two kidnappers as two male, whites, body-builder type build. One had black curly hair, Mt. Dew shirt and jeans, & has a spider web tattoo on his neck. The other was short in stature and had a snake tattoo on his arms." Sharonville police said that all police departments "in the greater Cincinnati area" were "requested to check their Red Roof Inn hotels regarding this incident."

The police report explained that Timmothy said he "had escaped and kept running across a bridge into KY. They had been staying at Red Roof Inn, but Timothy had no idea where."

What did the boy's relatives say?

Timmothy's grandmother told WISN-TV that the family was "hopeful" didn't want to "get our hopes up" until they knew something for sure.

"We're being told very little. We just know a 14-year-old boy was found and went to the police," she said, adding that they have had "false reports and false hopes before."

The FBI has now gotten involved in the case.

Missing Child Investigation report

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