Investigators claim that a 14-year-old boy in Ohio identified himself on Wednesday as Timmothy Pitzen, a 6-year-old boy who vanished in 2011, and said he had just escaped the grasp of two kidnappers who allegedly held him for seven years.
The boy told police that on Wednesday morning, he had "just escaped from two kidnappers" whom he described as white men with body builder physiques, according to an incident report from the Sharonville Police Department obtained by The Associated Press.
"One had black curly hair, Mt. Dew shirt and jeans, & has a spider web tattoo on his neck," the report stated. "The other was short in stature and had a snake tattoo on his arms."
The self-identified Pitzen said the men were driving a newer model of a Ford SUV with Wisconsin license plates. The boy said that after he escaped, he "kept running across a bridge into Kentucky."
Sharonville Police wrote on Facebook that they had no contact with Pitzen, and the aforementioned report included information from a dispatch log.
Investigators have said that Pitzen disappeared after his mother, 43-year-old Amy Fry-Pitzen, picked him up from school in May 2011. It's believed she took the boy to the zoo and a water park in Wisconsin before apparently killing herself in a hotel room in Illinois.
Fry-Pitzen left a note saying her son was fine. Police investigating her death said she took steps that suggested she might have, as she said in her note, dropped her son off with a friend.
The FBI Louisville field office confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that they were working with several law enforcement agencies — including the Cincinnati field office, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio and police in Aurora, Illinois, Newport, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio — on a missing child investigation.
Aurora Police Sgt. Bill Rowley told the AP Wednesday afternoon that the boy "disappeared ten years ago and we've probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas."
"We have no idea what we're driving down there for," he said. "It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax."
The department said they know there's a boy involved but don't know who he is, or if he has any connection to Pitzen, Rowley said, adding the force is sending two detectives to Cincinnati to investigate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.