A 14-year-old Autistic boy who went missing from his Queens, NY school may have drowned after running from a dog, the NY Post reports. Avonte Oquendo disappeared on Oct. 4 after walking away from the Riverview School in Long Island City. He was seen running from a dog in Hunter’s Point South Park, a short distance from his school. Police believe Avonte may have fallen into the East River after running from a dog. Avonte’s family said the mute boy was petrified of dogs and water.
“He may have run in a panic and fallen into the water,” of which he was also terrified, the source said.
The final surveillance video of Avonte shows him leaving his school in Long IslandCity and walking toward the riverfront park.
On Thursday night, a left arm and two legs — still inside their jeans and sneakers — along with pieces of a torso were discovered washed up off of College Point by a 19-year-old photography student.
The waterlogged size-5¹/? Nike Air Jordan sneakers and size-16 black jeans and striped shirt, both from Old Navy, all recovered from the remains site, match what Avonte was wearing when he went missing on Oct. 4, law-enforcement sources and the Oquendo family lawyer say.
The grisly evidence has been sent to the medical examiner, and DNA results will be complete by Wednesday, the family lawyer, David Perecman, said Saturday morning.
“It’s not looking great, Perecman conceded, updating reporters at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Maybe it’s possible that it will be some sort of closure.
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