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Remains found near the East River may belong to missing autistic teen

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Human remains that washed ashore in New York may belong to an autistic teen that has been missing since October.

A 911 call came in to the New York Police Department around 7 p.m. on Thursday, regarding possible legs and an arm on the rocks near Powell Cove Boulevard and Endeavor Place in College Point along the East River.

Police, family and friends have searched for 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo after a surveillance video showed him running out of his Long Island City school in Queens, three months ago.

Vanessa Fontaine, Oquendo's mother was called to the police station early Friday morning with the news. She was asked to provide DNA so they could see if there was a match to the found body.

Along with the remains were a pair of Air Jordan shoes that matched what Avonte was wearing when he went missing and a pair of size 16 jeans which was the same size Avonte wore.

The news of Avonte's disappearance went viral throughout social media and hundreds of volunteers combed the city for a teen that was unable to speak and ask for help.

"There was an extraordinary mobilization all over this city, by community members, by the NYPD, looking for this young man, with no success," Mayor Bill de Blasio told the media on Friday, reports the New York Times.

Fontaine, along with the rest of Avonte's family were tireless with their efforts to keep the news that Avonte was missing on everyone's mind.

Social media topics were not only about Avonte's disappearance but also about how much responsibility the school had to make sure that Avonte, or any other student did not leave the school grounds.

The Queens County morgue and the medical examiner have custody of the body and are trying to determine the cause of death and the identity.



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