Eight years ago, a mother took her son out of school, and three days later she committed suicide leaving a warning in her suicide note: "You will never find him." In early April, the missing boy showed up, but turned out to be an impostor. The Tangled Story of Timmothy Pitsen - in the material Tapes.ru.
“You will never find him,” was the first line of the suicide note that the police found in a hotel room in Rockford, Illinois, in the morning of May 14, 2011. She was written by Amy Fry-Pitsen, the mother of six-year-old Timmoti, whom no one has seen since she took him out of school three days before she committed suicide.
Timmoti was not near her mother when they found her body. Amy wrote that her son was safe and with people who would take care of him. After nearly eight years for a while, it seemed that the missing boy would still return to his family - 3 April 2019, a young man from Newport, Kentucky, told the police that his name was Timmoti Pitsen.
This news attracted a new wave of attention to the case of the mysterious disappearance of a boy who was searched by the whole country.
Jim Pitsen: "I love you, behave yourself"
The Pitsen family was a typical middle-class family from Aurora, Illinois. Like everyone, they had problems. Amy and her husband Jim were experiencing difficulties in their relationship, but Jim could not even imagine what another quarrel would result in. Shortly before the disappearance of Timmothy, they often quarreled: Amy chose to spend her birthday with her friend and left her husband alone.
With three divorces behind her, Amy threatened her husband that their marriage, one way or another, would also soon come to an end. A few years ago, a woman already tried to commit suicide, but after that she took antidepressants for a long time.
Relatives suspected that Amy's mental problems were related to her obsessive fear that Jim would forever take her son away from her in the event of a divorce. After all, the court, given the attempted suicide of the mother, is unlikely to entrust her with custody of the child.
On the morning of May 11, 2011, Jim drove Timmothy to school. He waited a bit while the boy walked towards the caregiver waving his Spider-Man briefcase. “I love you, be good,” he said to his son at parting.
Within half an hour, Amy took the boy from school, citing family circumstances. CCTV cameras recorded that Amy and Timmoti left school at 8:30.
Jim found out about it only when he came back for his son at the end of the school day. He hurried to find out what was wrong, but Amy was not at home, the answering machine was responding to phone calls. The next morning, Amy and Timmoti Pitsen were reported missing.
Amy Fry-Pitsen: “Timmothy Belongs to Me”
After disappearing, Amy never returned her husband's calls. But she contacted her mother, telling her that she and Timmothy needed to rest for a couple of days, they say, they will return home soon.
The unfortunate mother also called Jim's brother: "We're all right," she said, and firmly added, "Timmothy belongs to me."
While friends and family searched everywhere for them, Amy and Timmothy took themselves a mini-vacation: they went to the zoo near Chicago, to the water park in Gurney, and then went to a resort in Wisconsin. Judging by the data from the security cameras, Timmothy behaved like a normal child, played with the truck and did not experience any stress or fear.
The cameras were last captured by Timmoti at ten in the morning on 13 on May 2011, when he and his mother were driving out of the Kalahari resort in Wisconsin. At eight in the evening of the same day, Amy was spotted at a store in Rockford. The boy was no longer with her.
She entered the hotel at 23:15. The next morning, the maid found her dead in her room. A syringe and a razor were found next to her body.
Only two words are written on Amy's tombstone - "Loving Mother". Relatives and friends recall that she adored her child and named him "Timmothy" with two "m" because she wanted him to always feel special.
“She didn’t like the soul of this little boy, and he reciprocated her,” recalls Amy's mother about the relationship of her grandson and daughter.
The police tried to figure out what Amy was doing in the last days of her life. Soon they came to the conclusion that the woman had long been planning to kidnap the boy. She went to Sterling several times a month before the incident, and no one could say why.
Despite the enormous efforts of the police and the wide coverage of the boy’s disappearance in the press, the case of Timmoty has not yet been solved, and the police have no clue.
In 2015, a resident of Florida called the police department. He said that there was a boy in his area who looked very much like Timmothy. He never went to school, and his parents avoided socializing with new people. The man added that his neighbors moved to Florida immediately after they started talking about the Pitsen family all over the country. The detectives soon determined that this boy, despite a very strong resemblance, was still not Timmothy.
The boy's father, Jim, often recalls that Timmoti knew how to call 911. Jim puzzles: what could a mother say to his son so that he still has not tried to contact his father.
Timmothy always had with him a special ID card with a full name, a photo and fingerprints, which could help the police to find his parents in case the boy was lost. This card was found in a hotel room, next to his mother’s body.
All these years, Jim Pitsen believes that his son is alive. He never ceases to hope and continues to build a tree house in his yard - Timmothy always dreamed about it.
3 April, when the police announced that in Kentucky someone calls himself Timmoti Pitsen, Jim's world turned upside down.
In the early morning of April 3, a teenager ran up to a woman on the street with a request to call the rescue service. She recalls: “The boy said that he was kidnapped and sold to some people ... He just wanted to go home. He needed help."
The young man claimed that he had escaped from two kidnappers in the Cincinnati area, and then ran across the bridge to Kentucky. According to him, for the last seven years he has been held at the Red Roof hotel. He described in detail his captors: two white men, one has a tattoo on his neck in the form of a spider web, the other has a snake tattoo on his arm.
Detectives immediately went to Cincinnati, but did not find absolutely nothing that would correspond to the words of a teenager.
Alana Anderson, Timmothy's grandmother, hearing the news that her grandson had been found, could hardly hold back her tears: “We never forgot, we never stopped thinking about him every day, we were in constant contact with the police. We just prayed that when he got a little older, he would be able to contact us himself - that's all I dreamed about all this time.
She last saw her grandson when he was six years old. When asked if Timmoti recognized her, she replied: "I hope so."
But these hopes could not be realized. The very next day, the DNA examination showed that the probability that a teenager is Timmoty Pitsen is zero.
His real name is Brian Michael Renee. He is not 14 years old, but 23, and most recently he was released from prison in Ohio, where he has been in the last year and a half.
When the impostor became known in Aurora, Timmothy's hometown, local police officers promised to keep looking for him: "Although we are disappointed that everything turned out to be a hoax, we are still diligently looking for Timmothy."
Timmothy's family members hope to see him again one day. “We know you are out there somewhere, Tim, and we will never stop looking for you, praying for you and loving you,” said Cara Jacobs, the boy’s aunt. “We hope everyone will join in our prayers for the young man who has identified himself as Timmothy Pitsen.”
The boy's grandmother, barely holding back tears, tried to cope with emotions: “It's terrible. We were full of hope, scared… It made us very tired.” She warmly treats the impostor and hopes that he will soon be able to find his family.
Looking for firefighters, looking for the police
However, Brian Rini is unlikely to have a happy ending. He faces charges for giving false testimony to detectives, and this can turn into a prison term of up to eight years. His brother, Jonathan, said that Brian was already posing as other people for selfish purposes.
He learned about Timmothy Pitsen from a TV show and immediately envied the love with which his family treats the boy. The impostor explained that he just wanted to get away from his own family. The guy always dreamed of a father like Timmothy, because if he goes missing, then his alcoholic father will only continue to drink. Brian's brother claims that he has mental disorders - Asperger's syndrome and bipolar disorder, but they could not prevent the attacker from acting rationally.
Timmothy's father compared the pain of Reenie's silly joke to the opening of an old wound. “It hurts a lot,” he admitted. “Now I need time for the wound to heal again.” The last few days have been extraordinarily difficult for him. He was constantly waiting for a call from the police, answered journalists' questions and simply believed in a miracle that never happened. Jim still does not lose hope and believes that this situation will draw public attention to the disappearance of Timmothy with renewed vigor, and he will finally be found.
“Maybe Tim is in the middle of nowhere. Maybe he doesn't have a cell phone, TV or computer, his father muses. “I just want my son to come home.”