Could he be the next Elizabeth Smart, Jayme Closs?

On Wednesday, a teenage boy told police he was Timmothy Pitzen, who has been missing since 2011.

Officials are working to determine the identify of the boy who fled across a bridge in Kentucky and looked like he’d been “jumped.” He said his birthday is Oct. 18, 2004, which matches Timmothy’s date of birth.  

Timmothy, originally from Aurora, Illinois, would be 14 years old today. He was last seen at a water park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, on May 12, 2011, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

If the teen is Timmothy, he could join a list of other missing children that made headlines when they were miraculously found alive: 

Jayme Closs

At age 13, Jayme Closs freed herself from the northern Wisconsin home of Jake Thomas Patterson on Jan. 10 after nearly three months in captivity. Patterson, 21, was charged with shooting and killing Jayme’s parents and holding Jayme his home, often hidden under a twin bed. 

Patterson pleaded guilty last month to the kidnapping and killings, a move that spared the teenager and her family from enduring a trial. 

More: Teen found by police says he is Timmothy Pitzen, Illinois child who disappeared 7 years ago

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Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart was abducted while sleeping in her home at knifepoint in 2002. She was 14 years old. Her abductor, Brian Mitchell, took her into an encampment in the mountains outside of her hometown of Salt Lake City. 

In 2003, she was spotted on a street with her captors by police and rescued. Smart is now a child safety advocate and married with three young children.

More: Elizabeth Smart kidnapper living near elementary school in Salt Lake City

Jaycee Dugard 

Jaycee Lee  Dugard was 11 years old when she was kidnapped by a married couple in June 1991 while walking to a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. While imprisoned, she gave birth to two girls fathered by one of her captors, 58-year-old Phillip Garrido. She was forced to live in the backyard of the home in sheds and tents with her two children until they were rescued.

Garrido would later be sentenced to 431 years in prison for the crimes. His wife, 54-year-old Nancy Garrido, received 36 years to life in prison for her involvement. Dugard went on to found a non-profit that helps families during the reunification process.

More: Jayme Closs captured our attention. Why don’t these other missing kids?

Amanda Berry, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, Michelle Knight

Michelle Knight, then 20, went missing in August 2002. Amanda Berry disappeared on April 21, 2003 — a day before her 17th birthday. Georgina “Gina” DeJesus disappeared in 2004 on her way home from school. Their abductor, Ariel Castro, tortured, beat and raped the women for years in his Cleveland home. The trio escaped May 6, 2013, when a neighbor heard Berry scream for help.

“It’s hard for me to believe that I actually got out alive and I’m here,” Knight said two years after she became free. “Because there were days that I thought I wasn’t going to make it.”

Castro was sentenced to life in prison, where he later took his own life.

More: ‘She is a survivor’: Elizabeth Smart talks healing as Jayme Closs starts to reclaim her life

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