Brother of Medina man who impersonated missing boy: He’s mentally ill

Family has been estranged from Brian Rini for years.

Brother of Medina man who impersonated missing boy: He’s mentally ill
Jonathon Rini, brother of Brian Michael Rini , speaks to Cleveland 19 about his brother pretending to be missing child Timmothy Pitzen.

MEDINA, OH (WOIO) - The brother of Brian Michael Rini spoke to Cleveland 19 about his brother’s claim he was Timmothy Pitzen.

Brian Michael Rini, according to his brother has a long history of mental illness. “He has Asperger’s, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, the list goes on,” Jonathon Rini said.

The Rini family said they have not been in contact with Brian Rini for at least four years.

“I hope he gets help, I also hope he goes to prison for this or at least an institution,” Jonathon Rini said.

Jonathon Rini speaks to Cleveland 19 about his brother Brian Michael Rini

Timmothy Pitzen has been missing since May 12, 2011.

Pitzen was 6 years old when he disappeared after his mother’s suicide.

“I haven’t spoken to him in years,” Jonathon Rini said. “He’s been doing stupid stuff as long as I can remember.”

A timeline of the events surrounding Timmothy Pitzen’s disappearance

Brian Michael Rini has a record of run-ins with the law in Medina dating back to 2013.

He was released from Belmont Correctional Institution in March 2019 after serving time for burglary and vandalism.

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