On May 11, 2011, 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen was taken to Greenman Elementary School in Aurora, Illinois by his father James. However, his mother, Amy, took him out of class hours later, citing a non-existent family emergency. Both were seen at a Brookfield zoo and at the Kalahari Resort, a Wisconsin water park.

On May 12, Amy called several family members, including her mother and brother-in-law, claiming she and Timmothy were fine. However, she did not contact her husband, who had been trying to locate both of them after the school notified her that her mother had taken the child. On the afternoon of the 12th, Amy Pitzen was taped by security cameras at a grocery store in Rockford, Illinois, but she was alone. She checked into a hotel, where sometime that night she took her own life by cutting her wrists and neck and ingesting an overdose of antihistamines.

On the morning of May 13, her lifeless body was found by a hotel waitress along with a note, apologizing for the entire situation and stating that Timmothy would never be found, but that he was safe “with people who would take care of him.

The case had worldwide repercussions over the years. In August 2018, Angeline Hartmann, of the National Center for Missing Children in the U.S., showed on a television program a photograph of Timmothy’s possible age progression, who would be 13 at the time. However, the whole case has undergone a twist after the appearance in the last few hours of a teenager who claims to be Timmothy Pitzen.

The 14-year-old was found by police after several calls from local residents in Newport, Kentucky, who claimed to see a boy wandering the streets. According to CNN, the young man told agents that he had run away from two men who held him hostage for years. Authorities are investigating his identity.

UPDATE

Person who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen is not Timmothy Pitzen, FBI says, citing DNA test

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