Man jailed after claim has twice made similar claims

06 April, 2019, 00:33 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Accused child impersonator found in Kentucky now in jail

The troubled OH ex-con who claimed he was the IL boy who went missing eight years ago has been hit with a criminal charge for lying to a federal agent, officials announced Friday.

Lindgren, of the agency's Cincinnati bureau, said on Thursday that DNA tests conducted at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital showed that the person who claimed to be Timmothy was in fact Rini.

Rini appeared in federal court on Friday morning and is being held without bail until his detention hearing on Tuesday. The FBI has identified him as the person who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in IL in 2011 at the age of six.

A public records search in OH showed Rini was released from the Belmont Correctional Institution on March 7, where he had been serving 14 months for burglary and vandalism.

A day of false hope has given way to questions about why a man would claim to be an IL boy who disappeared eight years ago.

Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, Ohio, said Wednesday he was the missing boy from Aurora, Illinois, and described how he fled from kidnappers and ran across a bridge into Kentucky, authorities said. When cops asked his age, he told them he was 14 and gave them Pitzen's date of birth, police said. "Timmothy's father is devastated once again".

Kara Jacobs, the missing boy's aunt, called the news "devastating".

Timmothy vanished after his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, pulled him out of kindergarten early one day, took him on a two-day road trip to the zoo and a water park, and then killed herself at a hotel. However, his mother had left behind notes saying the boy was safe with loved ones but would never be found.

Police have said she might have dropped the boy off with a friend, noting that his vehicle seat and Spider-Man backpack were gone.

"He walked up to my vehicle and he went, 'Can you help me?' " a 911 caller told dispatchers, according to the affiliate.

Linda Ramirez, who lives nearby and knew the family, said she was "pretty excited" but didn't "want to have false hopes".

Police checked Red Roof Inns in the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky areas but did not find any clues.

If convicted, Rini could face up to eight years in federal prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio.

According to CNN, Rini's brother, Jonathon Rini told reporters that he had no idea why his brother would impersonate the missing child.

"I have one image. It's the day I dropped him off at school and he's off - running off to class - and that's pretty much the last image I have in my mind of him", Timmothy's father, Jim Pitzen, told CNN in 2015. The 43-year-old mother left behind several cryptic notes about her son's whereabouts and unanswered questions that have haunted family members and authorities with each passing year.

"On behalf of the United States, my heart goes out to the family of Timmothy Pitzen", Glassman said. Her biggest fear was that a judge would take her son away because of her mental health issues, according to relatives.



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