New York – The search for 14 year old Avonte Oquendo who was last seen on October 4, 2013 may be over. DNA results from remains recovered last Thursday are expected to be determined around Wednesday, January 22.
After authorities were led to the shores of the East River, they retrieved several body parts and clothes that resembled those Avonte was wearing when he went missing. The search continued over the weekend and almost all of the remaining parts of the same body have been collected.
According to published reports Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine has been asked to submit DNA samples to the medical examiner’s office on Friday, as well as a toothbrush and a birth certificate with his baby footprint.
The negligence suit was to be filed today in State Supreme Court in Queens. David Perecman, the Oquendo family’s authority has stated that he will wait until the medical examiner’s office identifies the remains are those of Avonte. Results are expected to be confirmed sometime mid week.
The New York daily News quotes Perecman, as saying,
“Unfortunately, there is good reasons to think it’s him.”
Previous reports by Autism Daily Newscast on the unfolding of this case can be found here.