Avonte Oquendo’s Remains Found on Queens Beach, DNA Tests Confirm
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. Avonte Oquendo went missing last October, after running out of his school in Long Island City.
A massive search was launched for the teen, with fliers posted in every subway station system wide and dozens of volunteers canvassing the city for the teen.
Sources are told that the teen’s family is all together and “heartbroken.” The family’s lawyer, David Perecman, held a press conference about the DNA results, and Avonte’s heartbroken mom, Vanessa Oquendo, was noticeably not present.
“Vanessa [Avonte’s mother] was crying when I spoke to her,” family attorney David Perecman said. “Doris, his grandmother, was already rattled, deeply rattled this morning.”
Perceman said he broke down when he got the news.
The 14-year-old , who had autism, was last seen on surveillance video running out of his school in Long Island City on October 4.
Pereceman expressed anger at the city for allowing the teen, who was non-verbal, to simply run out an unlocked door.
“I for one am good and anger,” he told reporters. “When you look at the video tapes at what happened, the sheer chaos that went on in that school and to think they are taking children like this every single day, telling their parents that they’re safe, when indeed they’re not.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Avonte Oquendo’s family. May he rest in peace.