Missing Illinois boy found by police in Newport

Missing Illinois boy found by police in Newport
Missing Illinois boy found by police in Newport

A teenage boy who was found by police in Newport said he is Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in Illinois seven years ago.

Police are working to confirm the boy’s identity and have not publicly named him.

Sharonville police, who assisted in the investigation, released a report Wednesday afternoon.

The Sharonville report states the teen identified himself as Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in May 2011, when he was 6 years old.

He is 14 years old today.

His mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, was later found dead in Rockford, Illinois.

Police initially responded Wednesday to the 740 block of Columbia St. in Newport, according to police audio of the incident.

A caller stated “he’s with a 14-year-old juvenile … said he was kidnapped from somewhere.”

The teen was identified over the audio as Timmothy Pitzen, and law enforcement discover the name is linked to a missing person out of Aurora, Illinois. They contact the Aurora Police Department.

At one point, a law enforcement official says the boy’s date of birth: “10-18 of ’04” and then repeats the same date.

Timmothy’s birthday is Oct. 18, 2004.

A note left behind stated Timmothy would never be found, but that he was safe and being cared for by a loved one, according to CBS Chicago.

Timmothy, originally from Aurora, Illinois, was last seen at a water park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Timmothy’s car seat and Spider-Man backpack were missing from his mother’s vehicle, the Associated Press reported after the disappearance. Credit card receipts showed she purchased children’s clothing and toys before her death.

According to the Sharonville report, the teen said he had just escaped from two kidnappers, who had held him captive for seven years.

The Aurora Police Department said in an emailed statement that two detectives traveled to the Cincinnati area to assist the FBI in the missing-person case.

“We cannot confirm that the person of interest here is Timmothy Pitzen,” wrote William Rowley, a spokesman with Aurora police. “At this time we have no further information to provide.”

Sharonville and other local agencies were asked to search Red Roof Inns and other area motels after the teen claimed he’d been held in one, the report said.