14-year-old makes stunning claim he's boy who vanished at the age of 6

The teen told police he'd just escaped his kidnappers, and identified himself as Timmothy Pitzen, a young boy who vanished in 2011.
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Transcript for 14-year-old makes stunning claim he's boy who vanished at the age of 6
Also breaking at this hour, could it be a major break in a national case? A boy missing sibls he was 6 years old, tonight, has he been found alive all these years later? A 14-year-old boy who claims he escaped a hotel, ran across a bridge, across state lines, and police want to know, is this the boy? Timothy pitson was just 6 when he was last seen with his the school's security camera capturing this moment right here. ABC's whit Johnson on the fast-moving investigation tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the stunning discovery. Has a boy who made national headlines, last seen when he was just 6 years old, now been found? The call to police in Kentucky came in early this morning about a boy claiming he'd just escaped kidnappers who'd held him for years. He's with a 14-year-old juvenile, male white, says he was kidnapped from somewhere. Reporter: The 14-year-old identifying himself as timmothy Pitzen, a boy who mysteriously vanished in Illinois. That surveillance with his mother in 2011. Police say the boy ran across a bridge into Kentucky, after escaping his captors, who were staying at a nearby red roof inn. He looked like he had been beat up, yes, punished in the face a couple of times. You could see the fear on him and how nervous he was and how he kept pacing and he just looked odd. Reporter: The boy describing his kidnappers as two white men built like bodybuilders. One with black hair with a spider tattoo on his neck. The other short with a snake tattoo on his arms. Tonight, investigators are working to confirm whether this boy is, in fact, who he claims to be. His father desperate to find him. It's just more devastating than anything else. Where's Tim at? If I knew where he was, I'd go get him. I'd do just about anything to get him back. Reporter: His father telling investigation discovery back in 2015 how he and his wife were having problems when she took timmothy away without warning on a three-day trip to the zoo and water parks, where the boy was last seen on surveillance. His mom later checking into to a motel alone where she took her own life, leaving a note behind saying timmothy would never be found. She indicated he was somewhere safe where people would love and care for him. And that we would never find him. Reporter: For years, detectives searched. This age progression showing what he might look like today. Tonight, after eight long years, his family is anxiously waiting for word. I'm very hopeful that it's him and that he's okay and he's been in a good place when he was gone, that he's going to come back to us. Very cautiously hopeful. And if it turns out to be him, we'll be thrilled. Reporter: David, we know the teen is getting medical care while investigators are still trying to confirm his identity. Also tonight, the FBI and police in Illinois are working together on this case, trying to track down those two men believed to be driving a white Ford SUV with Wisconsin plates. David? All right, whit Johnson in Kentucky for us. Whit, thank you.

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