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Brother of alleged impostor in missing child case speaks out

MEDINA, OHIO (WKOW) — The brother of an alleged impostor is breaking his silence, saying he’s not surprised by what police say Brian Rini did when he allegedly claimed he was Timmothy Pitzen.

Jonathon Rini, Brian Rini’s younger brother, talked to reporters hours after news broke that a DNA test confirmed Brian Rini was not who he said he was.

“Not this serious, but he’s been doing stupid stuff for as long as I can remember,” said Jonathon Rini.

On Wednesday, police said Brian Rini told authorities he was Timmothy Pitzen, an Illinois boy who was last seen in The Dells in 2011.

Pitzen’s mother took him from his Aurora, Illinois school in May of 2011. Surveillance video captured Pitzen and his mother at the Kalahari Resort in Lake Delton. It is believed to be one of the last sightings of Pitzen.

His mother, Amy, was later found dead in a Rockford motel. Her death was ruled a suicide and she left a note claiming Pitzen was safe but would never be found.

For years Pitzen’s family never gave up hope and were anxiously awaiting word on whether he had actually been found on Wednesday.

By Thursday afternoon, those hopes were shattered in what Aurora Police called a hoax.

Ohio Police said Rini had a long criminal record and is a convicted felon.

“He was in juvy a lot when we were kids and then he started going to actual jail and then he recently just got out of prison,” Jonathon Rini said.

Brian Rini was released from prison in March after serving a year and a half for burglary and vandalism, according to court records.

Rini’s brother told WEWS News in Cleveland that Brian suffered from mental health issues.

“He has Asperger’s, bipolar disorder, ADHD — the list goes on,” said Jonathon Rini.

The alleged deception nearly brought Pitzen’s grandmother and aunt to tears as they spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

“We hope that everyone will join us in praying for the young man who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen,” said Kara Jacobs, Pitzen’s aunt.

Rini’s brother was less forgiving but more apologetic.

“I’d tell the family that I’m sorry for what he’s done. I hope he gets help, I hope he, I also hope he goes to prison for this,” he said.

Jonathon Rini did not say why he thought his brother may have created the hoax.

Aurora Police said they believe there will be consequences for his actions.

Hunter Sáenz

Reporter, WKOW

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