A man who said he was Timmothy Pitzen is not the boy who went missing in 2011, according to DNA tests, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.
CINCINNATI - The family of a child missing from Aurora since 2011 is anxiously awaiting the results of a DNA test on Thursday.
Surveillance video from 2011 shows Timmothy's mother, 43-year-old Amy Fry Pitzen, picked him up from Greenman Elementary School in Aurora on May 11. She had died by suicide, leaving behind a note that said her son was with people who love him.
Police in suburban Cincinnati are trying to positively identify a 14-year-old boy who says he is Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who vanished from IL in 2011.
The woman who called 911 after she found the boy wandering the streets said he told her he'd been running for hours, crossing the bridge from Cincinnati into Newport, after escaping his kidnappers.
According to an incident report from the Sharonville Police Department, the boy said he escaped from two kidnappers that have been holding him for seven years. Two detectives from Aurora are heading to OH to assist in the investigation.
DNA test results expected today could prove a teenager who said he escaped from his kidnappers is the same boy who vanished almost eight years ago.
Police are working to confirm the identity of the boy, who is now a teenager, reported The Cincinnati Enquirer.
At the time, police searched for Pitzen in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.
In the report the boy described two kidnappers, saying they drove a Ford SUV with Wisconsin licence plates.
Aurora Police Public Information Officer Bill Rowley said two police detectives are on their way to the Cincinnati area to assist with the investigation. "We are hoping this isn't a hoax because just imagine the let-down".
"Timmothy Pitzen remains an active NCMEC case, and his missing poster is on our website", she said. Workers at several area hotels said authorities had spoken to them or requested their guest lists, but they didn't recall anyone who matched the description.
Timmothy's grandmother said Thursday that her daughter had fought depression for years and was having problems in her marriage to Timmothy's father.
Linda Ramirez, who lives nearby and knew the family, said she was "pretty excited" but didn't "want to have false hopes". "He didn't produce a driver's license but gave a name and Social Security number", said a report from the Norton Police Department posted on the Norton Post. She reportedly took him to a zoo, then a Wisconsin water park before she was found dead with her wrists slit in a Rockford, Illinois, hotel.
At the time of Timmothy's disappearance, police said that the boy's mother may have dropped him off with a friend, noting that the boy's auto seat and Spider-Man backpack were gone.
Timmothy's grandmother, Alana Anderson, told NBC News on Wednesday that she "never stopped thinking about her grandson".
"We'll have to vet this out", Sergeant Rowley said. "I'm very hopeful that it's him and that he's okay... and he's going to come back to us", Anderson said.