Cause and manner of Avonte Oquendo’s death can’t be determined: ME
NEW YORK (PIX11) – The cause of Avonte Oquendo’s death will remain a mystery barring any new information, according to the New York City medical examiner’s report.
Sources told PIX11 Wednesday afternoon that all testing methods have been exhausted, and the cause and manner of his death remains undetermined.
“Avonte’s mom has mixed feelings. While the report excludes gross evidence of trauma it leaves open questions of what may have happened to Avonte that are not discernible from the body,” said family’s attorney, David Perecman, of Vanessa Fontaine’s reaction.
“Unfortunately not the complete closure that the parents would have liked,” Perecman added.
Perecman said the police department has agreed to provide Avonte’s file to the family after the release of the medical examiner’s report.
Oquendo’s remains were discovered after washing up on a College Point, Queens shoreline in January.
Police divers later discovered a torso, legs, a skull and teeth. Shoes, jeans and shirt were also found among the remains.
The 14-year-old, who had autism, was last seen on surveillance video running out of his school in Long Island City on October 4.
A massive search was launched for the teen, with fliers posted in every subway station system-wide and dozens of volunteers canvassing the city for the teen.
Although the search yielded many false sightings, Avonte’s family and volunteers never lost hope that the teen would be found alive.
DNA testing, however, confirmed that the remains did belong to Oquendo.
Despite the inconclusive results, sources told PIX11 that the medical examiner’s office would reopen the investigation if any new information becomes available.