“The individual in query isn’t Timmothy Pitzen,” the FBI in Louisville tweeted Thursday.
“To be clear, regulation enforcement has not and won’t neglect Timmothy, and we hope to sooner or later reunite him together with his household. Sadly, that day is not going to be right this moment.”
The jaw-dropping twist within the case raised the query: Why would somebody declare to be a lacking youngster?
Jonathon Rini, the person’s estranged brother, was at a loss too. When journalists requested why his brother would possibly impersonate a lacking youngster, he replied, “I truthfully have no idea.”
Regardless of having been present in Spain, having a French accent and the truth that Bourdin had brown eyes, not blue eyes like Nicholas, Bourdin assumed his id and settled together with his household in Texas.
Consultants spoke to CNN about why somebody would possibly attempt to assume the id of a lacking youngster. They haven’t assessed Rini.
The person’s actions could have been psychotic or deliberate, in pursuit of a fantasy of being needed and brought care of, mentioned Dr. Gail Saltz, medical affiliate professor of psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
“A younger grownup could also be feeling misplaced, possibly feeling like he would not have anyone or something, and having a fantasy that he may very well be needed, regarded for, be rescued and be taken care of by household.”
An impersonator may very well be “working away from one thing,” she mentioned. Or maybe there was one thing identifiable about being a misplaced boy.
“A younger man who feels he’s a misplaced boy, coming to the concept that he may very well be an precise misplaced boy, is not to this point fetched,” Saltz mentioned.
If it was associated to psychological well being, she famous that the early 20s is the height of presentation for a number of psychotic sicknesses.
“If he truly believes he’s this individual, clearly we’re occupied with a psychotic course of,” she mentioned.
Jeffrey Gardere, a psychologist and affiliate professor at Touro Faculty of Osteopathic Medication, mentioned there may very well be totally different points driving somebody to impersonate a lacking youngster.
“If they are not doing it for monetary acquire, then it’s one thing that’s with out malingering right here, we’re maybe somebody who does have some professional psychological well being points, reminiscent of anxiousness, melancholy, maybe even a Munchausen syndrome by proxy the place they’re assuming that id to be able to get a variety of sympathy and a spotlight.”
He additionally added that it is attainable that an individual “imposes this faux id to get some consideration.”
“You present them the DNA outcomes they usually say they are not the individual. And also you ask them why and you can’t get them to inform you. It speaks to a deeper psychological situation. I feel that is what could also be happening. … It appears there are deeper psychological points happening, most likely some sociological issues.” Gardere mentioned.
Used his brother’s id
Jonathon Rini advised CNN that his brother has been in hassle earlier than and that he hasn’t seen him in years. He mentioned that their relationship has been strained and that his brother had used his identify throughout a visitors cease that resulted in him getting a discover that his license had been suspended.
“This does not shock me within the least,” Jonathon Rini advised reporters. “I hope he will get assist. I additionally hope he goes to jail for this or no less than an establishment.”
No matter Rini’s causes for pretending to be the lacking boy, his actions brought on Timmothy’s household renewed heartbreak.
“There is not any closure for them,” Saltz mentioned. “When one thing like this occurs, it stokes that lack of closure.”
The twist within the case devastated Timmothy’s household.
“It is like reliving that day once more,” Kara Jacobs, Timmothy’s aunt, advised reporters.
CNN’s Janet DiGiacomo, Religion Karimi and Holly Yan contributed to this report.