The FBI has named 24 year-old convicted burglar Brian Michael Rini as the man who caused a sensation after claiming to be missing child Timmothy Pitzen. People are sharing articles that Pizten was found although the actually wasn’t. Be sure to share that he is still missing.
Rini, of Medina in Ohio, was exposed as an alleged scammer after the FBI took a DNA sample in the hope of finally finding Timmothy, last seen alive in 2011 aged six. What an absolute piece of shit. I feel terrible for the dad who continues to look for answers everyday.
The alleged hoaxer, who has also been convicted of vandalism, reportedly approached passers-by in Newport, Kentucky, on Wednesday afternoon claiming to be Timmothy, and telling him that he had just escaped two well-build kidnappers who were holding him captive in a nearby Red Roof Inn hotel.
A news channel claimed that he was released from prison just last month. FBI did not specify whether Rini admitted to his true identity after being confronted with the results of today’s DNA test, or gave any excuse as to why he allegedly pretended to be Timmothy.
Timmothy vanished in May 2011 from school after being picked up by his mother Amy Fry-Pitzen, 43. She took him on a three day vacation to Wisconsin, visiting a zoo and two water parks, before killing herself in a hotel room.
She left a suicide note saying that Timmothy had been left with someone who loved him, and added ‘You’ll never find him.
Rini’s exposure as an alleged con-artist is set to be a crushing blow to Timmothy’s grandmother Alana Anderson, who said she was ‘cautiously hopeful’ that yesterday’s shock appearance would be verified, and that she would finally be able to welcome her young grandson home.
I wonder if…. he has any ties to where the boy might be. Talk about a sad, very…. sad situation. I get the chills when I read that the note said that he is safe and would never be found. And that he was safe and being cared for by a loved one… Such a terrible, terrible story.