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Missing boy hoax was not the suspect’s first

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/05/19, 12:47 pm

A man who falsely claimed to be an Illinois boy who disappeared six years ago was arrested in Cincinnati on Thursday. Brian Rini, 23, claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011 at the age of 6. Rini has falsely portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim twice before, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court on Friday. The FBI declared Rini’s story a hoax on Thursday based on DNA testing a day after he told authorities in Newport, Ky., that he was Pitzen. The affidavit said there is enough evidence to charge Rini with lying to federal authorities. Rini got out of prison on probation less than a month ago after he served more than a year for burglary and vandalism.

Pitzen, of Aurora, Ill., disappeared after his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, picked him up from kindergarten early and committed suicide at a hotel, leaving a note that her son was safe with people who would care for him. Members of Pitzen’s family said the false claim devastated them.

“It’s like reliving that day all over again, and Timmothy’s father is devastated once again, as are we,” the boy’s aunt Kara Jacobs said.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 01:23 pm

    Maybe the mother didn't commit suicide. Maybe Brian Rini is the guy who killed the little boy and his mother.

  • Bob C
    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 01:55 pm

    Since Brian Rini is 23 now he would have been 15 in 2011.  I think your theory has extremely low credibility.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 04/05/2019 02:19 pm

    This is so sad for Timmothy’s family. I hope and pray he is found alive someday soon.