AURORA, Ill. — Police in west suburban Aurora are trying to determine if a teen found wandering in Kentucky is Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who went missing seven years ago.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a teenage boy, who was found in Newport, Ky., told police that he is Pitzen and claimed he was being held at a motel and had escaped his captors and ran across a bridge into Kentucky.
Police in suburban Cincinnati's Sharonville wrote in a short incident report that the 14-year-old said Wednesday morning 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.
A witness said the teen looked like he had been beat up. The witness also said you could "see the fear on him and how nervous he was."
Pitzen was 6 years old when he disappeared on May 11, 2011. His mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen, picked him up from his elementary school and took him on a trip to the zoo and Wisconsin Dells. He was last seen with his mother, but she was later found dead in a hotel room in Rockford.
Authorities said she killed herself and left a note saying Pitzen was safe and being cared for by someone who loved him. The note also said, "You'll never find him."
FBI officials in Louisville tweeted Wednesday that they were working on a missing child investigation with the Aurora Police Department, federal authorities in Cincinnati, police in Newport and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio.
Pitzen is the only child currently missing from Aurora, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Timmothy Pitzen's grandmother, Alana Anderson, told WISN-TV Wednesday that authorities have told the family very little.
"We just know a 14-year-old boy was found and went to the police," Anderson said. "We don't want to get our hopes up and our family's hopes up until we know something. We just don't want to get our hopes up. We've had false reports and false hopes before."
The teen was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
His grandmother said she's "cautiously hopeful."
"If it turns out to be him, we will be thrilled," she said. "We never stopped looking for him, thinking about him and we'll do everything we can to get him back to a good life."