Person who claimed to be missing IL boy identified by police as 23-year-old Medina man

Updated: Apr. 4, 2019 at 5:20 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - In a strange turn of events, the FBI confirmed through DNA tests that the individual who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen is actually an adult from Medina County.

The family of Timmothy Pitzen speaks after the FBI confirms the individual claiming to be a missing boy is a Medina man.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, April 4, 2019

According to WXIX, Newport police identified the man as Brian Michael Rini, a 23-year-old Medina man.

According to the Ohio Department of Corrections, Rini was released from prison in March and has an extensive criminal history.

Investigators started questioning the Medina man on Wednesday when he came forward in northern Kentucky and claimed that he was the juvenile, Timmothy Pitzen, who was reported missing from the Chicago area 11 years ago. The person told police that he escaped from two kidnappers that had been holding him for seven years.

Pitzen was 6 years old when he was reported missing in May 2011.

GF Default - FBI: DNA results show person is not Pitzen
GF Default - FBI: DNA results show person is not Pitzen

Pitzen’s mother was found dead in an Illinois hotel room after committing suicide at the time her son was reported missing.

The boy’s surviving family reacted after the DNA results proved that the person found was not Pitzen.

This story will be updated.

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