Months after vanishing without a trace, it appears as though the body (or rather remains) of missing, autistic teen Avonte Oquendo have been discovered and identified – according to The Grio:
The office said Tuesday that DNA tests confirm the remains found Thursday are those of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo. A teenage girl shooting photos in a Queens park noticed a left arm, leading to the discovery of legs and lower torso. A part of a skull was also later recovered.
He was last seen walking out of his school on Oct. 4. His disappearance prompted a search that included hundreds of police and volunteers. The medical examiner says the cause and manner of death are pending further study.
Authorities made the identification through DNA given by his family.
Prior to his discovery, police searched throughout the New York City area and hundreds of posters were hung in subway stations. The autistic student’s parents had planned on suing his school for negligence. No word on if they still plan on moving forward with it.
Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with his family.