Human remains and clothing that match what Avonte was wearing when he vanished months ago were discovered near the East River on Jan. 16.
Nevertheless, family attorney David Perecman told the New York Post he is concerned about the large pair of Fruit of the Loom underwear found on the body because Avonte did not wear a size “large” and only wore Hanes.
“If it is him, what that indicates to me is that something happened… Someone got a hold of him, moved him. I can’t say they harmed him, but why would the underwear have gotten changed?” Perecman noted.
The boy’s family is now waiting for DNA testing to be completed to find out if the discovered remains belong to Avonte, 14.
DNAinfo reports that police sources said the skull found Sunday is missing 10 teeth, which may affect the ability to use dental records for positive identification.
Avonte reportedly 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. He has not been since.
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