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Teen Found Wandering in Kentucky Is Not Timmothy Pitzen, the FBI Says

Teen Found Wandering in Kentucky Is Not Timmothy Pitzen, the FBI Says

A name and birthday that he gave to police matched Pitzen's. He apparently escaped and kept running across a bridge into Kentucky, according to the police report obtained by CNN affiliate WCPO.

When police arrived, according to a Sharonville report, he told them a story that could end an IL family's yearslong quest for answers and justice.

In a statement to PEOPLE Thursday, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said, "With details still emerging about the possible recovery of Timmothy Pitzen, we remain hopeful".

Rowley said because the case is almost 10 years old, they receive thousands of tips a day about Pitzen.

Over the next two days, Fry-Pitzen and Timmothy visited Brookfield Zoo, KeyLime Cove Water Park in Gurnee and a Wisconsin Dells resort.

"I know in my heart that he's absolutely alive, a hundred percent", his aunt, Kara Jacobs, said in an interview a year ago for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

She said the boy looked scared and cold and he had bruises on his face.

She left a note stating her son was fine but no-one would ever find him.

The teen told authorities in Campbell County, Kentucky that he had just escaped from kidnappers, identifying himself as the missing IL boy, CNN reported. She was later found dead in a hotel room in Rockford, Illinois.

Police and the boy's family say there have been other false sightings over the years.

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"I just prayed that when he was old enough that he would remember us and contact us", Timmothy's grandmother, Alana Anderson, told NBC News in the wake of this boy's admission.

The case drew widespread attention, and searchers spread across Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa but were unable to locate Timmothy.

Pitzen's aunt, Kara Jacobs, said the family was overjoyed and scared at the same time when they got word that the boy could have been found. People magazine reported that she added a chilling message: "You will never find him". Police also found credit card receipts showing she bought children's clothing and toys in Wisconsin.

Pitzen's disappearance has baffled authorities for years. Months later, police reported a "concerning" amount of blood had been found in the back seat of Fry-Pitzen's SUV belonging to Timmothy. "We didn't know if somebody had jumped him or they were going to come back, because all he did was pace".

Jim Pitzen said Amy Pitzen called his brother, which seemed odd to him.

The teen allegedly told police he "had been staying at a Red Roof Inn" but he wasn't sure where.

Police have said they are now trying to verify the boy's claims and he is now in care in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. "At this time we have no further information to provide".

The case baffled police, Timmothy's family and his hometown for years and left them wondering whether he was dead or alive.

"Timmothy described the two kidnappers as two male, whites, body-builder type build", reads the report. Her biggest fear was that a judge would take her son away because of her mental health issues, according to relatives.