Body Found Appears to be That of Missing Autistic Teen Avonte Oquendo
After three long months, the body of missing autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo was found. His body was discovered by a teenage fashion photographer.
“Unfortunately, there is good reason to think it’s him,” said the family’s lawyer, David Perecman. “It’s more than just speculation.”
The headless body found in College Point was wearing Fruit of the Loom underwear, size large, police said. The remains — an arm, torso, legs and possible rib bones — were first spotted at 7 p.m. The dismemberment is said to be from decomposition.
That, said Perecman, was what “Avonte was wearing on the day he left, which are troubling things to hear.” He was wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers on the last day he was seen alive. The body found was still dressed in a boy’s size 16 black Old Navy jeans, white socks, and size 5 1/2 black Nike sneakers.
Riverview School staffers said Avonte disappeared from a group of students who were walking from a cafeteria to a computer lab.
A lawsuit has been filed against the city.