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.
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.
“The news I bring is not good news,” Perecman said. “The police visited her earlier today and DNA revealed that the remains they found were those of Avonte Oquendo.
“She told me, ‘It's Avonte. They came. It's Avonte,’” he said. “Venessa was crying when I spoke to her.”
Avonte, 14, was last seen on Oct. 4 leaving the Riverview School in Long Island City along the East River waterfront.
The family has been hoping that the remains were not his. They have notified the city that they intend to file suit because he was not prevented from leaving the school.
Perecman said the filing would now be a wrongful death suit.