Person who claimed to be missing boy is 23-year-old Ohio man, police say

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NEWPORT, Ky. (WLWT) — Federal investigators have confirmed that a man found in Northern Kentucky is not who he claims to be.

The young man was found Wednesday afternoon on the west side of Newport, Kentucky. He claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, an Illinois boy who has been missing since 2011.

But he lied to investigators, officials with the FBI said Thursday. He is actually Brian Michael Rini, 23, from Medina, Ohio, according to Newport Police.

The news comes hours after an anticipated DNA test, which had communities in three states — Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana — searching for answers.

It’s disappointing news for investigators in Aurora, Indiana, who continue to search for answers in a case that has deeply impacted the community.

“Although we are disappointed that this turned out to be a hoax, we remain diligent in our search for Timmothy, as our missing person’s case remains unsolved,” officials with the Aurora Police Department said.

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