The 14-year-old told cops in suburban Cincinnati’s Sharonville that he was Timmothy Pitzen and he had just escaped from two men with “body builder-type physiques” who had held him captive for seven years. He said they were holding him in a Red Roof Inn in the state.
Pitzen has been missing since 2011, when his mother picked him up from school in Aurora, Illinois, and took him to the zoo and to a Wisconsin water park. Pitzen’s mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, was found dead days later with her wrists slit from an apparent suicide in an Illinois hotel room.
Aurora police said Wednesday that they are sending two detectives to the Cincinnati area where the 14-year-old boy was found. Sgt. Bill Rowley of the Aurora police department said he wasn’t sure if he really was the missing boy — but they would investigate the case. “Pitzen disappeared 10 years ago and we’ve probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas,” Rowley said. “We have no idea what we’re driving down there for. It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax.”
The FBI said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that they are working on a missing child case with several police departments in Ohio, as well as the Aurora police department and one in Kentucky.