After news broke out that the case of Timmothy Pitzen might finally have come to a good conclusion, many were surprised.
The boy had gone missing in 2011, and his whereabouts have remained a mystery since then.
Until recently, when a young man showed up at a police station in Kentucky and claimed that he was Timmothy.
According to his story, he had been held captive for the last seven years by two men whom he described as large and muscular, and was also able to describe their vehicle.
The boy’s family was initially ecstatic to hear that they might have their son back after all this time.
However, DNA tests revealed that the “boy” had no relation to the family at all.
Further investigation revealed that he was an ex-convict who had just finished serving a sentence.
It is not clear what the man’s plans were, but the leading theory right now is that he was hoping to sneak his way into the family and resume his life from a new point.
Some have described his act as disgusting, and the family of the missing boy did not try to hide their feelings about the situation either.
It is not clear what kind of punishment the man is going to face at this point, but things are not looking up for him.
He has also become the subject of some heated comments online, with many people expressing their disgust at him.
The 23-year-old impostor, Brian Michael Rini, got information about the disappearance while watching TV.
He was charged by the FBI, and the complaint read: "He stated that he wanted to get away from his own family. When questioned further, Rini stated that he wished he had a father like Timmothy's because if he went missing, his father would just keep drinking."
U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman said: "My heart goes out to the family of Timmothy Pitzen. I can only imagine the pain they've been through. I think there were suspicions relatively quickly, ensure that under any circumstances a victim is getting the care they need."
Is it right or wrong to assume that the newfound interest in the story could help get some answers?