Avonte Oquendo


Remains found along a Queens shoreline may belong to missing autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo, whose disappearance  in October sparked a massive search in New York City.

 The discovery of a human arm Thursday night by a local teen prompted police to search an area in the College Point section of Queens, and a torso with two legs attached was then found, WPIX reported. A pair of shoes matching the same type Avonte, 14, was wearing when he went missing was attached to the legs. The same size underwear and jeans were also on the torso, according to the New York City television station.

“That’s a troubling thing to hear,” said Oquendo family attorney David Perecman. Although Avonte’s family is hoping that the body is not that of the missing autistic teen’s, the lawyer said the developments appear to signal that the search for Avonte may be over.

“It’s more than just speculation; unfortunately there is good reasons to think it’s him,” Perecman said, according to the New York Daily News. The family is “distraught, but they’re hoping it’s not him. They remain optimistic that he’s still out there.”