Authorities Confirm Human Remains Belong To Avonte Oquendo

January 21, 2014  |  

According to NBC 4 New York, the human remains found in the East River last week match those of missing teenager Avonte Oquendo.

Just four days ago, we reported that a teenage girl discovered a human arm and authorities suspected that the remains belonged to Oquendo, the 14 year old mute and autistic boy, who went missing on October 4, 2013. Oquendo’s family submitted a DNA sample and today, the NYPD confirmed that the sample matched the remains found near the river.

Authorities said police found more body parts when they responded to the call last Thursday, including a hand, torso and ribs. Searchers also found a pair of six 5/12 Jordan sneakers that Oquendo was wearing the day he disappeared.

There is speculation that the East River could have flowed from Avonte’s school which was nearby to the place where his remains were discovered.

The Oquendo family lawyer, Daniel Perecman said Avonte was afraid of water and “didn’t like it.” The family believed it was highly unlikely that he would willingly cross the shoreline barrier.

We’re saddened to report such a tragic end to this story and our thoughts and prayers are with Avonte’s family, particularly his parents.


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