Family of Avonte Oquendo holds out hope until DNA results come back

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COLLEGE POINT, Queens (PIX11) — Police continued their grisly search Sunday in College Point, Queens.

“I don’t think they are going to stop until they have satisfied themselves that there is nothing else to find,” David Perecman said. The lawyer for the family of Avonte Oquendo spoke to PIX11 Sunday.

Remains were first found along the East River on Thursday. Since that time, police have found various body parts and clothing matching the description of what the teen with autism was wearing when he disappeared from his Long Island City school in October.

DNA test results are expected back on Wednesday. Perecman said the family continues to hold out hope that 14-year old Avonte will still come home alive, but reality is setting in. The lawyer spoke to Avonte’s grandmother Sunday.

“You can hear in her voice and in the words that she says. A glimmer of recognition of a very grim potential reality,” Perecman said.

A civil lawsuit against New York City will also now likely be postponed. Perecman had planned to file Monday, but will wait. He said the nature of the suit could change when the DNA results come back.

It could move from a negligence claim to a wrongful death suit.