Three days later, the mother’s body was found in a hotel room in Rockford, Illinois. She had died by suicide, leaving behind a note that said her son was with people who love him.
“You’ll never find him,” the note said.
Police and the FBI are investigating whether a teen found wandering in Kentucky on Wednesday is Timmothy.
Sharon Hall told CNN she noticed a “fidgety” boy near a car in her Newport neighborhood. The neighbor’s daughter called the police after the boy told them he’d ran for two hours and his stomach hurt.
When authorities arrived, he told them his name was Timmothy Pitzen, 14, and he’d ran away from two men who kept him captive for seven years, most recently at a nearby Red Roof Inn, according to a police report.
He said he just wanted to get home
People who talked to him before police arrived said he was anxious and pleaded for help.
It was unclear what city he’d escaped from before arriving in Newport. Police agencies in the area checked nearby Red Roof Inn hotels and did not find anything, according to the report.
In a Facebook post, the Sharonville Police Department near Cincinnati said it helped check local hotels for the suspects, but its officers had no contact with Timmothy.
“All information that we obtained is from Campbell County, Kentucky,” it said in a statement.
Sharonville, Ohio, is about 20 miles from Newport, Kentucky.
He was last seen at a water park in Wisconsin
The teen described his kidnappers as two men of “bodybuilder type build.” One had a spiderweb tattoo on his neck and the other had a snake tattoo on his arms, the report said.
The family searched desperately for years
For years, Timmothy’s family has searched for him in several states.
The day before his mother killed herself, she made several calls from an unknown location to family members, including her mother. She assured them that Timmothy was safe.
Security video footage from their stops showed a relaxed and beaming mother and son on what appeared to be a fun adventure.