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Police investigating whether teen found is boy who was last seen in Wisconsin 7 years ago

Posted: 1:59 PM, Apr 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-04 12:33:52Z
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CINCINNATI — The FBI and police near Cincinnati are working to identify a boy at a motel who says he was abducted years ago.

Aurora, Illinois, Police are on their way to Cincinnati to see whether the person is Timmothy Pitzen, who was last seen about seven years ago in the Wisconsin Dells.

The boy told police he was abducted years ago and being held in a Red Roof Inn, but he couldn't say which one.

According to our sister station in Cincinnati, the missing boy — who claimed to be Pitzen, according to Sharonville, Ohio, Police — told police he had escaped from two kidnappers who had been holding him for seven years.

Police in Sharonville say they are searching for two men and a Ford SUV with Wisconsin plates possibly connected to the disappearance of Pitzen.

On May 11, 2011, the 6-year-old Aurora boy was dropped off at school by his father and later seen on video being picked up by his mother.

Pitzen was last seen on surveillance video with his mother in the Wisconsin Dells. Police say his mother, Amy, was also in Racine, Johnson Creek and Sterling, Illinois. His mother later was found dead by suicide in a motel room near Rockford, Illinois.

When police located the woman, Timmothy was nowhere to be found.

His mother left a note behind, writing that the boy was fine and in the care of someone she did not name. Since then, the boy seemingly vanished.

Timmothy is now 14 years old.

Here is a statement from the FBI in Louisville, Ky.:

"FBI Louisville and FBI Cincinnati are actively coordinating with the Newport Police Department, Cincinnati Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and Aurora (IL) Police Department on a missing child investigation. There will be no additional statement made on this matter until we have additional information."

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