Police found a skeletal arm and legs washed up on the beach in College Point, Queens. Cops are still investigating to determine if the body parts belong to missing autistic teen, 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo.The autistic boy has been missing since Oct 4 when he wandered away from Riverview School in Long Island City. The sneakers found on remains of the body are similar to one that Oquendo was wearing, but police cannot yet confirm whether or not the sneakers belong to the boy.
Tony Herbert a community activist and friend of the family told reporters, the remains are likely those of the missing autistic teen. “It’s looking really grim that it may be him,” Herbert said.
Cops responded to the scene after getting a 911 call that body parts had washed up on the rocks near Powell’s Cove. Police were notified of Thursday evening of gruesome discovery by an unidentified teen. The remains have been taken to the Queens City Morgue for medical examiners to further investigate if the body does in fact belong to Avonte Oquendo.
The NYPD has notified the teens family who has had organized search parties out looking for Avonte, since he went missing. Avonte is a non-verbal autistic boy and he was last seen wearing a gray stripped shirt, black jeans, and a pair of black sneakers. His family has hung missing posters of him all around the city and raised a $95,000 reward. Thousands of social media followers have flooded Avonte’s brother Danny Oquendo Jr. Facebook page to help him search for his brother. Danny relocated from Florida to help search for his brother when he went missing.
Riverview School has come under scrutiny for not watching the autistic boy closely enough while he was on school property. Avonte ran right past a school security guard on the day of his disappearance and his mother was not notified until at least an hour after he ran away. Multiple photos of Avonte running around the school were taken by the schools security cameras, while the school failed to go into lockdown when they discovered that Avonte went missing.