Police Identify Remains of Avonte Oquendo, Missing Autistic Teenager
After months of searching, police have recovered the remains of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy that went missing while transitioning between classes at the Riverdale School at 1-50 51 Ave. in Long Island City .
According to ABC, a skull was found in the water near a Queens neighborhood over the weekend. Police teams later recovered teeth and an arm in different parts of the lake, about 11 miles from where he was last seen. Clothes matching the ones Avonte was last seen wearing were also found. The medical examiner was able to use DNA to identify the boy though no cause of death has been determined.
Mother Vanessa Fontaine was notified early this morning. Avonte, a nonverbal autistic boy, was seen on a security camera in a subway station on the day he went missing. This story is, like Fontaine said in her Piers Morgan interview, “every parent’s nightmare”. It’s obvious the school or the teachers escorting the kids on the field trip weren’t qualified to meet Avonte’s special needs. Our thoughts are with Vanessa Fontaine and her family.