Teen Claiming To Be Timmothy Pitzen, Long-Missing Aurora Boy, Says He Escaped Kidnappers

Aurora Police were working on verifying the teen's identity

Steve Miller
April 03, 2019 - 3:18 pm

Timmothy Pitzen (Missingkids.org)

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AURORA (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There's a possible break in a case that dates back to 2011: the disappearance of Timmothy Pitzen, an Aurora boy - then 6-years old.

There's been no sign of Timmothy Pitzen of Aurora in nearly eight years.

In May 2011, Pitzen's mother picked him up from school in Aurora. Amy Fry Pitzen took then 6-year-old Timmothy on trips to the zoo and water parks. A few days later, on May 14, 2011, her body was found in a Rockford hotel room along with a suicide note that said Timmothy was safe and being cared for, but he would never be found. 

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On Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy came forward and told police he is Timmothy.

A police report reads the boy said he "had just escaped from two kidnappers that have been holding him for 7 years."

And that they'd been staying at a motel and "Timothy had escaped and kept running across a bridge."

The boy said he fled across a bridge into Kentucky.

"Timmothy described the two kidnappers as two male, whites, body-builder type build," the police report states. "One had black curly hair, Mt. Dew shirt and jeans & has a spider web tattoo on his neck. The other was short in stature and had a snake tattoo on his arms."

The kidnappers' vehicle, according to the report, was described by Timmothy to officers as a newer model Ford SUV with unknown Wisconsin plates and a second row. The Ford is white with yellow transfer paint and a dent on the left back bumper, the report states.

On Wednesday, two Aurora detectives traveled to Ohio for an investigation into a missing child, the Aurora Police Department said.

Aurora police did not confirm that the investigation was related to Timmothy's disappearance, but according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Pitzen is the only child missing from west suburban Aurora.

Aurora Police Sergeant Bill Rowley said they've received thousands of tips over the years that haven't led anywhere.

"I wouldn't say there's nothing special about this. That's not my point. My point is, we have nothing to report right now," he said.

"We have no idea what we're driving down there for. It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax."

The FBI in Louisville confirms it's working with Aurora Police and Cincinnati-area police.

Timmothy Pitzen's grandmother, Alana Anderson, told WISN-TV on Wednesday that authorities have told the family "very little."

"We just know a 14-year-old boy was found and went to the police," Anderson said. "We don't want to get our hopes up and our family's hopes up until we know something. We just don't want to get our hopes up. We've had false reports and false hopes before."

When Pitzen was reported missing, the 6-year old stood about 4 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed about 70 pounds, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or Aurora Police at 630-256-5500.