Police said Rini was wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky, on April 3, 2019. Police said he told them he was Timmothy Pitzen, an Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. Authorities said Rini claimed he had just escaped captors who sexually abused him. Federal authorities said they were suspicious after he refused to be fingerprinted. DNA testing quickly revealed his true identity.
Rini invented a story about having recently escaped from a hotel room where he said two men held him captive and sexually abused him, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. But after being confronted with DNA test results, Rini admitted his true identity. He said he learned about Timmothy on the television show “20/20.”