Avonte Oquendo’s remains found on Queens beach, DNA tests confirm
[FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS] Vanessa and Daniel Oquenda were hoping that the remains found were not Avonte’s. They have previously notified the city that they intend to sue.
DNA testing has confirmed the remains found on a Queens beach are those of missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, the Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday.
Searchers began finding body parts, including arms, legs and a lower torso, on the beach by College Point on Thursday. They found a skull on Monday, the family’s lawyer said.
A New York Police Department dive unit searched Friday along a rocky shoreline in Queens after an arm and leg were found Thursday. The body parts have been confirmed as Avote Oquendo’s.
The cause and manner of death are pending further study, the Medical Examiner’s Office said.
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The medical examiner removed apparent remains from College Point cove where the remains of Avonte Oquendo were found.
Avonte, 14, was last seen Oct. 4 running from the Riverview School in Long Island City.
Posters of the missing boy were placed in subway stations throughout New York following the autistic teens’ Oct. 4 disappearance.
The family has been hoping that the remains were not Avonte. They have notified the city that they intend to file suit because he was not prevented from leaving the school.