Missing child hoax mystery deepens

National News

April 5, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Alana Anderson, mother of Amy Fry-Pitzen and grandmother of Timmothy Pitzen, holding a photograph of her grandson at her home in Antioch, Ill., in 2011. CHICAGO TRIBUNE/STACEY WESCOTT/TNS

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who authorities say claimed to be an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago was charged Friday with making false statements. The FBI said the suspect had twice before made similar claims in which he falsely portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim.

Brian Rini of Medina, Ohio, was jailed in Cincinnati on Thursday. The FBI has identified Rini as the person who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.

The FBI declared the man’s story a hoax Thursday based on DNA testing one day after he identified himself to authorities as Pitzen.

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