"It's devastating. It's like reliving that day all over again, and Timothy's father is devastated once again", said his aunt Kara Jacobs.
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"Tim is somewhere safe with people who love him and will care for him", she wrote in the note, according to reports by ABC7 Chicago.
The man told authorities he had been kidnapped and held against his will.
But ABC News reported he was actually 23-year-old Brian Michael Rini, citing police in Kentucky.
State prison records show a man by that name was released from a state prison on March 7, after serving time for burglary and vandalism charges. He also has a prior conviction for passing bad checks. The same man had multiple citations in Medina Municipal Court, including driving without a valid license, disorderly conduct and theft.
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However, the test results indicate the person is not Timmothy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Louisville said Thursday.
"We're tracking down every lead possible", said Chris Fangman of the Newport Police Department in Kentucky.
Police have said Timmothy's mother might have dropped the boy off with a friend, noting that his vehicle seat and Spider-Man backpack were gone.
Their adventure started after Amy Fry-Pitzen checked her 6-year-old son out of an IL elementary school on May 11, 2011.
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Baughman now is an administrator at another IL school district.
Officials from Pitzen's hometown of Aurora, Illinois - a Chicago suburb - said they were not ready to say the case was solved, confirming only that detectives were still investigating. One witness says the teen was covered in bruises, as if he had been beaten.
Timmothy is pictured left.
"Perhaps, it has people looking at the case with new eyes", the police sergeant said.
Over the years, police said they've received thousands of tips, including other false Timmothy sightings. A note she left said Timmothy was fine, but that no would ever find him. Timmothy was 6 years old. Police said Timmothy also talked to at least one relative at the time and did not seem to be in distress. He just really wanted to get home.
"It created a renewed awareness in the case, so I think that's probably good", Rowley said. Later that day, his mother checked him out of school.
Timmothy's grandmother said Thursday that her daughter had fought depression for years and was having problems in her marriage to Timmothy's father.
Authorities are trying to confirm the identity of a teenager who told police he is an IL boy missing since 2011.
The teen had visible bruises on his face when he was found and told witnesses he had been running for hours, according to USA media reports. Two days later, after a search, authorities found Pitzen's mother dead by suicide in a motel room in Rockford, Illinois.
Police from Aurora, Illinois, sent two detectives to the Cincinnati area, where the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police are investigating. The boy was taken to a Cincinnati hospital, but no information on his condition was released immediately.