Missing Teen Identified

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
Staff Writer

The remains found along a beach by College Point have been identified as the missing teen Avonte Oquendo, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

On Jan. 16, the New York Police Department’s harbor unit discovered an arm and a leg along the East River near Powell Cove Boulevard and Endeavor Place in College Point, by a 14-year-old girl who was at the water’s edge trying to take a photograph.

David Perecman, the family’s attorney, said more recently a skull and teeth were also found by the shore.
Perecman said the family has had a very difficult time throughout this whole process.

“The way it’s coming in, it’s so slow and painful. It’s really quite hard for them to deal with it,” he said.
Oquendo, 14, was last seen on Oct. 4, running out of the Center Boulevard School on 51st Street in Long Island City and since then a massive search including hundreds volunteers and police personnel looking for clues has undergo to find the autistic teen.

“Apparently, the sneakers on his feet and the socks managed to protect his feet enough that they were be able to get a footprint and that will help since his mom was able to provide the baby’s footprint from birth and that doesn’t change,” Perecman said.

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