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Teen's Story Is Wrenching. Now, the Wait for Confirmation

Teenager found in Kentucky may be Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who went missing in 2011
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2019 8:15 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by Aurora, Ill., police shows missing child Timmothy Pitzen before his disappearance in 2011.   (Aurora Police Department via AP)
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(Newser) – (Update: The FBI announced later Thursday that the teen in question is not the missing boy. Our original story follows.) Is it really Timmothy Pitzen? The FBI and authorities in multiple states are now investigating what could be an astonishing turn in the case of a boy who went missing seven years ago. "This could be the story of a decade," says Sgt. Bill Rowley of the Aurora, Illinois, police department. "But if it’s not, it’ll be a horrible letdown." The big question is whether a teenager who turned up in Kentucky is an Aurora boy whose disappearance made national headlines in 2011. The teen is currently being treated at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and it will take 24 hours to get DNA test results. The details:

  • The teen: Police say the youth, looking lost and with bruises on his face, approached a stranger in Newport, Kentucky, early Wednesday asking for help. "He walked up to my car and he went, 'Can you help me?'" a 911 caller told dispatchers, per WCPO. "I asked him what's going on, and he tells me he's been kidnapped and he's been traded through all these people and he just wanted to go home."
  • The name: The teen told police that his name is Timmothy Pitzen and that he'd escaped from two "body-builder type" men holding him against his will at a Red Roof Inn over the border in Ohio. He said he was from Illinois and gave his birth date as Oct. 18, 2004, the same as the missing boy's, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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