Authorities announced that human remains found in the East River near Queens, NY, may belong to missing teen Avonte Oquendo, according to a Jan. 18, 2014 USA Today report.
The report indicates that Old Navy pants and Air Jordan sneakers in Avonte’s size were also found.
The body parts discovered on a rock in the water near the College Point Yacht Club on Thursday evening include an arm and legs, according to WABC NY.
USA Today reports that Avonte, 14, who suffers from “severe autism,” left his school on Oct. 4, 2013, and was last seen on surveillance footage that same day walking toward a park on the East River.
His family has been informed of the recent developments in the case, however, Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, is just considering the news another tip until DNA tests are undertaken, family attorney, David Perecman told WABC.
Perecman told CBS News, “It’s not Avonte until it’s Avonte.”
According to CBS, Fontaine has taken DNA samples belonging to Avonte to the medical examiner’s office to aid in the investigation.