The Latest: Teen in Ohio says he’s a missing Illinois boy
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on police investigation into boy who claimed to have escaped from kidnappers in Ohio (all times local):
Authorities in suburban Cincinnati say a teenage boy claimed to have escaped Wednesday morning in southwestern Ohio after being kidnapped.
Police are trying to determine if the boy is Timmothy Pitzen who disappeared in Illinois in 2011 after authorities said his mother took her own life.
Police in Sharonville, Ohio, said in a short incident report that a 14-year-old boy told authorities Wednesday that he had “just escaped from two kidnappers” he described as white men with body builder-type physiques. They were in Ford SUV with Wisconsin license plates and had been staying at a Red Roof Inn.
The boy told police that after his escape he “kept running across a bridge into” Kentucky.
Police believe Amy Fry-Pitzen picked up her 6-year-old son from school and took him to the zoo and a Wisconsin water park before she apparently killed herself. Her body was found with her wrists slit in a Rockford, Illinois, hotel on May 15, 2011.
Police in the Chicago suburb of Aurora say the department is sending two detectives to the Cincinnati area to investigate a missing child report that could involve an Aurora boy who disappeared in 2011.
Aurora Police Sgt. Bill Rowley said Wednesday afternoon that the department knows there is a boy involved but they don’t know who he is or if he has any connection to Timmothy Pitzen. Pitzen was 6 years old in 2011 when he disappeared after authorities said his mother committed suicide.
The FBI said in a statement that its offices in Louisville and Cincinnati were working with local law enforcement and Aurora police on a missing child investigation. The FBI offered no other details.
Rowley says Aurora police don’t know anything more either. He says “It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax.”