Around 7 p.m. yesterday in College Point, Queens, a human arm was discovered by a teen who snapped a photo of them and showed them to her mother when she returned home. The girl’s mother called notified police, who launched a full investigation into the area. Their search later turned up with two legs and a torso, Pix 11 reports. Unfortunately, those remains are believed to belong to Avonte Oquendo, an autistic child who has been missing since October.
A police source told reporters that the feet had a pair of size 5 1/2 Air Jordans, which are the same kind of shoes that Avonte was wearing when he was last seen at his Long Island City school on Oct. 4. The park where the body parts washed up is 11 miles from Avonte’s school. The Oquendos’ family attorney, David Percemen, also revealed that underwear and jeans were located with the remains. The jeans found are also said to be the size that Avonte wore, though Perceman says that underwear could offer a lot of insight into the investigation.
“The underwear may give further clues,” said Perceman, adding that Avonte’s mother, Vanessa, is skeptical.
The remains were taken to the Queens County Morgue where the medical examiner will determine a cause of death. The family will be taken to the morgue today to examine the clothing that was found on the body parts, a police source told Pix 11. At 7 a.m. officers continued a water grid search of the area for clothing and body parts.
“This has been an unimaginably grim and horrific time for her [Vanessa] and her family,” said Perceman.
At this point, the body has not been identified as Avonte and the family’s attorney is encouraging them to hold out hope until everything is confirmed with the remains.We will keep you posted as further details emerge. We send our prayers to the Oquendo family during this difficult time.