Avonte Oquendo’s Remains Identified After DNA Testing

Tue, January 21, 2014 2:41pm EST by 10 Comments
Avonte Oquendo Identified
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So sad. On Jan. 21, more than 15 weeks after Avonte disappeared, DNA testing confirmed that the body parts discovered along the shoreline of Queens, NY did in fact belong to the missing 14-year-old autistic boy.

After clothes matching the ones Avonte Oquendo was wearing when he went missing in October were discovered in Queens, NY on Jan. 17, DNA tests have confirmed the worst for Avonte’s family members, CNN reports.

Avonte Oquendo Identified — Remains Of Missing Teen Confirmed After DNA Tests

Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, must be devastated after the tragic news was announced by a spokeswoman for the city office of the chief medical examiner on Jan. 21.

Are Remains Avonte Oquendo’s?

“This has taken a significant toll on her as a human being,”  the Oquendo family’s attorney, David Perecman, said after the body parts were found.

Avonte had been missing since October, 2013, when he ran out of his Long Island City school. We hope Vanessa will eventually be able to find some peace now that she knows her son is really gone.

The teen’s cause of death is still unknown but is expected to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Teenage Girl Finds Avonte Oquendo’s Remains

A teenage girl first stumbled upon Avonte’s 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 remains were taken to a morgue, where a medical examiner is working to determine a cause of death.

Though the discovery of clothes that matched Avonte’s pointed to it being him, the Oquendo family’s attorney, David Perecman, said they were waiting for the tests to make the final determination.

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

– Tierney McAfee

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Posted at 1:54 AM on January 22, 2014  

I prayed that this kid would be found alive. It breaks my heart to see what’s left of this poor child. I don’t understand why would anyone do something so horrendous to a small little boy who never hurt anyone. The person(s) who committed this horrible crime, believe me, their is a door in Hell with their name on it, that is if all the people who are aware of this case don’t make your life a living hell on earth first. Police don’t appear to be that swift as it seems the average person usually winds up doing their job by solving part of the crime for them. I pray that someone out there saw something that will help solve this crime. Not understanding why the police never thought to do a thorough search in that area months ago. Hope they catch this monster as I might personally travel to wherever that evil monster appears in court to help stone him.

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Posted at 5:42 PM on January 21, 2014  

Rest in peace sweet boy.

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Posted at 4:09 PM on January 21, 2014  

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Posted at 3:29 PM on January 21, 2014  

Oh dear God!! I wish his family healing and faith. I hope the authorities go sleepless nights trying to find justice for this poor boy’s family. Lord, this is your world, your children. Yet some of us go against your wishes and we glorify the devil. I hope the killer is brought to justice ASAP.

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Posted at 3:14 PM on January 21, 2014  

Rip to him

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Posted at 2:56 PM on January 21, 2014  

This poor child, my heart goes out to his family! I hope the monster who did this gets what he or she deserves!

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Posted at 2:48 PM on January 21, 2014  

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