Family of missing boy was elated, then devastated by hoax


The man accused of claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen is not 14 years old. "Law enforcement takes dishonest reports very seriously, and we caution that people making false claims can and will face criminal penalties". After Newport, Kentucky officers made contact with him Wednesday, Rini complained of abdominal pain and was driven to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

There were no charges listed Friday and no other information was available immediately.

During an interview with a Cincinnati police detective and Federal Bureau of Investigation task force officer at the hospital, Rini still claimed to be 14-year-old Timmothy Pitzen, according to the affidavit. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office tested the sample, and Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco said it was not a match for Timmothy.

Police records show Rini has been in trouble before for walking out on bar tabs, passing bad checks and making false alarms with police. DNA analysts had a known sample from Pitzen's parents, which was already in the FBI's system.

Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, was charged in US District Court for the Southern District of OH and ordered held without bond, prosecutor Ben Glassman said. The FBI declared Rini's story a hoax after performing a DNA test.

Rini finally acknowledged his identity after being confronted with the DNA results and said he had watched a story about Pitzen on ABC's 20/20 news programme, and had wanted to get away from his family, according to Braun.

For years, Timmothy's family has searched for him.

Rini had twice before claimed to be a child sex trafficking victim, according to federal prosecutors.

The FBI's Louisville office says detective will provide an update on this case at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

"It is not OK to make false claims to law enforcement about serious matters like this", he said. He was released from an OH prison less than a month ago after serving more than a year for burglary and vandalism. Jonathon Rini said he later received a letter notifying him his license had been suspended, according to a police report from Norton, Ohio. Jonathon Rini found out when he received a letter notifying him his license had been suspended, according to a police report from the OH town of Norton. On Friday, he was held without bond for lying to federal agents, a felony that carries a sentence of up to eight years. That is Timmothy Pitzen's birthday.

Often, they find a susceptible audience, both in family members desperate to fill an emotional hole and in a public eager to fit a happy ending on a situation as unfathomable as the disappearance of a child - a sentiment in Timmothy Pitzen's case.

In May 2011, 6-year-old Timmothy was last seen leaving his elementary school in Aurora with his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen. Timmothy, then 6, was last seen as they checked out of a resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

Three days later, the mother's body was found in a hotel room in Rockford, Illinois. She left a note saying that her son was safe with people who would love and care for him, and added: "You will never find him", according to the Associated Press.