Aurora Police Debunk Timmothy Pitzen ‘Sighting’ In YouTube Video

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AURORA, IL — A video posted final month to YouTube prompted quite a few calls to Aurora police from folks saying they believed it confirmed Timmothy Pitzen. However detectives investigated the video and decided it was not the Aurora boy, who disappeared greater than 9 years in the past, police mentioned.

Fry-Pitzen took her son out of Greenman Elementary College on Aurora’s West Facet on the morning of Might 11, 2011, then went to Brookfield Zoo and Key Lime Cove in Gurnee, earlier than heading to the Kalahari Resort on Might 13, as beforehand reported.

Fry-Pitzen was discovered useless Might 14 in a Rockford resort room. Police later mentioned she had self-inflicted cuts to her wrists and neck, and a deadly quantity of medicine in her system. She left behind a suicide be aware that mentioned she had given her son away, including, “You’ll by no means discover him.”

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Native and federal authorities have investigated quite a few tips on Pitzen’s disappearance and site over the previous 9 years, however there has nonetheless been no breakthrough within the case. In 2019, an Aurora police spokesperson mentioned the division receives 1000’s of suggestions every day about Pitzen’s case.

“We respect the neighborhood’s help and suggestions all through this case,” the Aurora Police Division mentioned Friday in a Fb publish.

Brian Michael Rini — who was 23 when he was discovered wandering the streets in Newport, Kentucky — informed police his title was Timmothy Pitzen. Pitzen would have been 14 in April 2019.

Rini mentioned he was kidnapped when he was 6 years outdated and claimed to have just lately escaped from an Ohio resort room the place two males have been holding him captive earlier than working throughout the border to Kentucky, in keeping with media studies.

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The FBI performed a DNA take a look at that exposed Rini’s identification, in addition to a historical past of portraying himself as a juvenile sex-trafficking sufferer. Rini was charged final 12 months with identification theft and pleaded responsible in January, as beforehand reported. He was sentenced to serve two years in jail and one 12 months on probation.

Pitzen’s disappearance was featured in December 2019 on “Vanished,” a Fb Watch sequence.

The Aurora Police Division is encouraging anybody with data on Pitzen’s location to name its Timmothy Pitzen Tip line at 630-256-5516 or e-mail


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