Remains of Missing Autistic Boy Believed to Have Been Found

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/17/2014 | 11:00 AM EST

Human arms and legs found near a Queens shoreline may be that of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo

Police are investigating whether human arms and legs that were found near a Queens shoreline belong to Avonte Oquendo, the autistic 14-year-old boy who went missing three months ago.


The human limbs were found Thursday night along with a sneaker. Though the remains have not been confirmed to be that of Avonte, community activist Tony Herbert, who had been in touch with the family, said that it was pretty likely. Police are now looking into whether there was a murder involved or whether it was a drowning with bad decomposition.


Avonte, who is nonverbal, has been the subject of massive searches around the New York City area since he was last seen on Oct. 4 walking past a security guard and out of his school in  Long Island City.


The boy was wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers on the last day he was seen alive. His family and police distributed fliers begging for the his return and have endured numerous false sightings. At one point, subway workers walked the tunnels in hopes of finding the boy who has a fascination with trains.

(Photo: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/AP Photo)

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