DNA proves mystery man is not Timmothy Pitzen

The man who claimed to be the child who went missing 7 years ago is actually a convicted criminal. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.
2:15 | 04/05/19

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Transcript for DNA proves mystery man is not Timmothy Pitzen
We begin with and shocking information about the man who claimed to be Timothy pits and in Illinois boy who's been missing for nearly. Eight year police say it was all a hoax and the man is actually someone else turns out he's a convicted criminal just released from prison and that's not all with learned about past. This morning new heartbreak for the family of Timothy Pittston. Investigators say the mysterious young man who showed up in Kentucky claiming to be their missing boy is actually a 23 year old man from Ohio. Brian Michael Rennie he's been doings. Stupid stuff for as long as I can remember Ernie has an extensive criminal record including a guilty plea for passing bad checks. He was released from prison last month after more than a year behind bars for burglary and vandalism. The police chief and the die in Ohio says Raney has documented mental issues. His estranged brother says rainy stopped getting treatment. Once he started using my name bird thinks he was doing. I have no compassion forum whatsoever for the pits and family news of this hoax opens up old wounds. It's devastating. It's like reliving that day all over again. And. Tim McVeigh's father is. I'm devastated once again. It's it has been missing since winning eleven when he went on a trip with his mother. Police say days later she committed suicide and left a chilling note claiming Timothy was safe but would never be found. Then Wednesday the news no one expected. This young man and a hoodie showed up in a northern Kentucky neighborhood claiming to be Timothy saying he had just escaped from his kidnappers and was begging for help. But late yesterday DNA testing from the FBI confirmed that man is rainy and not Timothy pits and who would now be fourteen years old now kind of reliving everything it did again and then. Renewing the lost one more time despite the false hope Timothy Staley says they will never stop looking for an. We know that you are out there somewhere Tim. And we will never stop looking for you. Praying for you and loving. You. And police say charges could be brought against or any next week they've not yet spoken about what those charges me Clinton.

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