Timmothy Pitzen’s household, nonetheless grappling with the kid’s disappearance and his mom’s suicide, simply suffered a painful curler coaster of feelings — all due to an imposter’s prank.
Why did this occur? And the place does the seek for Timmothy go now?
As extra particulars emerge, many questions linger. However there’s one silver lining to this hoax that has gripped the nation.
Why did a person declare to be Timmothy?
When Brian Michael Rini drifted right into a Kentucky neighborhood claiming to be Timmothy, he ignited hope that the boy, who vanished at age 6 after his mom killed herself, was discovered alive and nicely after virtually eight years.
However a DNA take a look at confirmed Rini was an imposter. Now he faces expenses of creating false statements to federal brokers and will withstand eight years in jail.
Rini has a historical past of utilizing different individuals’s identities, his brother Jonathon stated.
The suspect realized about Timmothy’s case after watching a narrative about him on ABC’s “20/20,” in keeping with a legal grievance and affidavit.
The affidavit additionally stated Rini “wished to get away from his circle of relatives. When questioned additional, Rini acknowledged he wished he had a father like Timmothy’s as a result of if he went lacking, his father would simply maintain ingesting.”
Why would somebody declare to be a lacking youngster?
Jonathon Rini informed CNN’s “New Day” that his brother had been identified with Asperger’s syndrome and bipolar dysfunction. “Nonetheless, he ought to have the rational pondering to not do one thing like this,” he stated.
What occurs to the seek for Timmothy now?
It’s going to maintain going, however authorities are again to sq. one in making an attempt to determine the place Timmothy is.
“To be clear, regulation enforcement has not and won’t neglect Timmothy, and we hope to in the future reunite him along with his household,” the FBI’s office in Louisville stated.
In Timmothy’s hometown of Aurora, Illinois, a short rush of pleasure gave approach to disappointment and resolve.
“Though we’re upset that this turned out to be a hoax, we stay diligent in our seek for Timmothy, as our lacking individual’s case stays unsolved,” Aurora police Sgt. Invoice Rowley stated.
The Nationwide Heart for Lacking & Exploited Youngsters nonetheless has Timmothy’s profile on-line, together with an age development picture exhibiting what the boy may appear to be as a youngster.
“For eight lengthy years, Timmothy’s household has by no means given up hope that he will likely be discovered,” the nonprofit stated. “We’ll maintain working to ensure this occurs.”
Who’s Timmothy with?
This stays an enormous thriller, as his mom left solely a imprecise and cryptic clue earlier than she died.
In Might 2011, when Timmothy was 6, his mom Amy Fry-Pitzen checked him out of his elementary college. They went on a highway journey, stopping at a zoo and a Wisconsin water park.
Three days later, the mom’s physique was present in a lodge room in Rockford, Illinois, about 73 miles northwest of Aurora.
She had died by suicide, forsaking a notice that stated her son was with individuals who love him.
“You may by no means discover him,” the notice stated.
Is there any excellent news out of all this?
Information of the hoax spawned one other wave of agony for Timmothy’s household.
“It is like reliving that day another time,” Timmothy’s aunt Kara Jacobs informed reporters. “Timmothy’s father is devastated as soon as once more.”
However there is a doable silver lining, stated Angeline Hartmann, spokeswoman for the Nationwide Heart for Lacking & Exploited Youngsters.
“As odd because it sounds now, everyone is aware of who this youngster is,” Hartmann stated.
Investigators hope the latest publicity may result in new suggestions — and the chance that they’re going to discover the actual Timmothy.