14-year-old Says He Escaped Kidnappers Holding Him For Seven Years, Claims To Be Timmothy Pitzen Who Went Missing In 2011

A teenager who turned himself into authorities on Wednesday claims to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in Illinois in 2011 at 6-years-old.

According to CNN, the teenager escaped his kidnappers of seven years at a Red Roof Inn in Sharonville, Ohio. The 14-year-old said he escaped the hotel and ran until he found a bridge and crossed it into Kentucky. Police said the teenager didn't know exactly where his hotel was, but that they searched all local Red Roof Inns in the Greater Cincinnati area and didn't yet find any immediate matches to his claim.

Officials are still trying to confirm the teenager's identity.

Police said the teen described his kidnappers as "bodybuilder type build, one with a spiderweb tattoo on his neck and the other with a snake tattoo on his arms," and said they drove a Ford sports utility vehicle (SUV) with Wisconsin license plates.

WCPO reported that Crekasafra Night saw the teenager wandering around on the streets of Newport, Kentucky, early Wednesday morning and that he didn't pose a threat. A reported 911 call states the teenager approached a car seeking help.

"He walked up to my car and he went, 'Can you help me?'" a 911 caller told dispatchers. "'I just want to get home. Please help me.'"

According to CNN, Pitzen was six when his mother checked him out of school, claiming a family emergency. They took a three-day road trip with random stops at zoos and water parks, the report said. His mother apparently made several calls to family members to let them know she and Timmothy were fine.

Pitzen's mother, 43-year-old Amy Fry-Pitzen, reportedly took her own life on May 11, 2011, in Rockford, Illinois, and the child went missing afterward.

WCPO reported Pitzen's mother was found dead from apparent suicide, but the child was gone. At the time, police said that the mother left behind a note saying she had left her child with unnamed people who "would care for him and love him."

Gone with Pitzen were his backpack and carseat, and hopes of finding the child seemed to vanish as the days, weeks and years passed by. The missing child made local and regional news.

The Pitzen's maternal grandmother, Alana Anderson, said they're hopeful the teenager is, indeed, her lost grandson.

"(I'm) cautiously hopeful, very cautiously hopeful," Anderson said on ABC. "And if it turns out to be him, we'll be thrilled."