DNA test results could reveal Thursday whether or not a teen found in Kentucky Wednesday is an IL child who went missing in 2011, according to NBC interviews with relatives.
A missing boy by the same name disappeared when he was just 6 years old on May 11, 2011.
Authorities were trying Thursday to confirm the identity of a teenager who told police he fled from kidnappers and is an IL boy missing since 2011. "Unfortunately, that day will not be today", Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Timothy Beam said in a statement.
In 2011, then-6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen's mother picked him up at school in IL, took him to the zoo and a water park, and later killed herself at a hotel.
"We've probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas", Rowley said.
A note found afterward claimed the then six-year-old was safe in the care of others and added: "You'll never find him". The note ended with a chilling line: "you'll never find him".
A 14-year-old boy who said he escaped from two kidnappers in OH told authorities he is from IL, where he went missing almost eight years ago when his mother apparently took her own life.
That individual told authorities he was the missing child from Aurora, Illinois, and described how he fled from his alleged kidnappers and ran across a bridge into Kentucky, according to a police report. The Chicago Tribune reported that detectives from suburban Aurora, Illinois, left Wednesday for Ohio.
The boy, who was covered in bruises, told a stranger in Kentucky that he had been held by kidnappers at an inn in Cincinnati, Ohio, but had managed to escape.More news: Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May hold 'constructive' talks
The FBI and local police are investigating to determine whether the boy is Timmothy.
"As you might imagine, we are keeping the Pitaen family and everyone involved in this ongoing investigation in our thoughts, and ask you all to do the same", police wrote in a statement on their Facebook page.
Timmothy Pitzen's grandmother, Alana Anderson, told WISN-TV that authorities have told the family very little.
Days after his disappearance, Timmothy's father, Jim Pitzen, told ABC News he was convinced his son was still alive. Workers at several area hotels said authorities had spoken to them or requested their guest lists, but they didn't recall anyone who matched the description. "We didn't know if somebody had jumped him or they were going to come back, because all he did was pace". To be clear, law enforcement has not and will not forget Timmothy, and we hope to one day reunite him with his family.
"He told me he had been kidnapped he just really wanted to get home he lived in IL that's what he told me and he just was passed around to people that he didn't know", she said.
"Perhaps, it has people looking at the case with new eyes", the police sergeant said. Police investigating her death said she took steps that suggest she might have dropped her son off with a friend.
The long search for Timmothy has included police releasing computer-generated images of what he would look like at ages nine and 13.