Avonte Oquendo’s Family Awaiting DNA Tests On Found Body Parts

Sat, January 18, 2014 1:27pm EST by 8 Comments
Avonte Oquendo Found
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On Jan. 17, 15 weeks after Avonte went missing, body parts and clothes were discovered along the shoreline of Queens, NY that are thought to match the missing teen. However, Avonte’s relatives are not giving up hope until DNA tests make the final say.

Clothes were discovered in Queens, NY on Jan. 17 that match the ones Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, was wearing when he went missing in October. Those matches may signal the worst for Avonte’s family members, though DNA tests that will be done on several body parts that were also found will make a final determination.

Remains Found: Are They Avonte Oquendo’s?

A teenage girl first stumbled upon the remains — an arm, legs, ribs, and a pelvic bone, according to WABC. After the discovery in College Point, Queens, police divers began searching the East River for more body parts. The ones that have already been discovered were taken to a morgue, where a medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

Are Remains Avonte Oquendo’s?

DNA tests will also be conducted to determine the identity of the remains. And though the discovery of clothes that match Avonte’s point it being him, the Oquendo family’s attorney, David Perecman, says they aren’t resorting to any specific fate until the entire process is carried out, and the tests make a final determination.

“This has taken a significant toll on her as a human being,” David said of Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine. In some way, Vanessa may just want to know for sure what happened to her son, who disappeared after running out of his Long Island City school. But the family may also just rather maintain the belief that Avonte is still out there somewhere.

David stated that he believes an identity and a cause of death will be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Avonte’s family and friends during this horrible, tragic time.

– Andrew Gruttadaro

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Posted at 1:53 PM on January 19, 2014  

If someone killed that boy,the person should be ready to face judgement soon but what surprises me can’t a mother identify her childs clothes?? My prayers with the family.

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Posted at 1:16 PM on January 19, 2014  

My heart goes out to them too. If it’s not him, then another family has a loss. No winners.In my prayers.

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Posted at 2:08 AM on January 19, 2014  

i hope the body parts that they found are not him but im glad they found those body parts cuz know they can tell us if its him or not n what really happen to the boy like the full story

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Posted at 11:46 PM on January 18, 2014  

It’s a win lose. Win bc they found him loss bc he will be dead. I’m hoping it’s not him but in all that’s still someone found dead. Prayers to the family. This makes other issues in my life seem so irrelevant or unimportant. I hope that this family can receive closure.

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Posted at 5:03 PM on January 18, 2014  

I hope it’s not the remains of their child. I know they want closure but this is too heartbreaking. My prayers go out to them.

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Posted at 2:51 PM on January 18, 2014  

What a sad story! My heart goes out to his family.

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