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FBI: Person Claiming To Be Missing Boy Is 23-Year-Old Ohioan

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Published on April 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:04s

FBI: Person Claiming To Be Missing Boy Is 23-Year-Old Ohioan

After DNA testing, authorities say a person found in Kentucky Wednesday claiming to be missing boy Timmothy Pitzen is not him.

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FBI: Person Claiming To Be Missing Boy Is 23-Year-Old Ohioan

"My first feeling was disbelief.

I didn't believe it, " said Newport, Kentucky resident Sharon Hall.  When a person was found in a northern Kentucky neighborhood claiming to be  missing Illinois boy Timmothy Pitzen , they couldn't believe it.  Now, after DNA testing,  the FBI says  that person is not Pitzen.

He is actually  a 23-year-old man  from Medina, Ohio.  The man  told police  his name was Timmothy James Pitzen, and that he'd escaped from two men who'd been holding him captive for years, according to a police report.  The real  Pitzen was  six-years-old when he was reported missing in May 2011 from Aurora, IL.

His mom reportedly killed herself after taking her son on a road trip.

She left a note saying he was safe.  His case made national headlines, and even though Pitzen hasn't been seen since, authorities say they'll continue the investigation into his disappearance.  "I'm not disappointed for me.

I'm disappointed for the family of Timmothy," said Hall.  Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN . 

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