Boy Found in Ohio Says He's Timmothy Pitzen, Who Vanished in 2011 After Mom Wrote Cryptic Suicide Note
Timmothy Pitzen was last seen at a water park with his mother, who died by suicide days after he was reported missing
Police from Illinois are on their way to Ohio to meet with a boy who identified himself to police as Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011 when he was six years old.
A Sharonville police report states the boy told officers he was Timmothy Pitzen, and that he was being held by two men. Police have not confirmed his identity.
“Timmothy described the two kidnappers as two male, whites, body-builder type build,” reads the report. “One had black curly hair, Mt. Dew shirt and jeans, and has a spider web tattoo on his neck. The other was short in stature and had a snake tattoo on his arms.”
He told police he escaped the two men and ran across a bridge into nearby Kentucky.
The boy also told police the types of car the men were driving, and told them it has Wisconsin license plates.
Timmothy was last seen at a water park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, with his mother. He would be 14 today.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed they are working with authorities from Aurora, Illinois, on a missing child case. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Timmothy is the only missing child from Aurora.
In a statement to PEOPLE, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, “We are aware of today’s reports and understand that law enforcement is investigating. Timmothy Pitzen remains an active NCMEC case and his missing poster is on our website. If we get more information, we will let you know.”
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Timmothy’s mother, Amy, 42, picked up her son from his elementary school on May 11, 2011. Three days later, she was found dead in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois, with self-inflicted slashes on her neck and wrists.
Nearby was what police characterized as a suicide note. In it, Amy wrote that Timmothy was “safe” with others who would love and care for him. She added, “You will never find him.”
Aurora Police Public Information Officer Bill Rowley confirms to FOX19 two police detectives are en route to assist with the investigation.
The boy’s father, Jim Pitzen, has vowed not to rest until Timmothy — who he described to PEOPLE in 2015 as “a little mini-me” — was found safe.
Alana Anderson and Kara Jacobs — Amy Pitzen’s mother and sister — declined PEOPLE’s request for comment at this time.