The family of Avonte Oquendo can only wait.
The medical examiner is expected to release DNA test results on Wednesday. Until then, those close to the family of the missing autistic teen have said, they hope and pray he is still alive.
But there is mounting evidence that the human remains found along the East River the past few days in College Point, Queens are, in fact, Avonte. The clothing matches what he wore last October when he disappeared from his Long Island City school.
“The sneakers apparently were tied pretty tightly to his feet. It was sneakers. He had socks on which means the skin condition on his feet is good enough to obtain a print from,” David Perecman said. The attorney for Avonte Oquendo’s family said Monday evening that even if the print matches, the medical examiner will not release a positive ID until there is a DNA match.
Perecman also raised questions about Avonte’s disappearance.
Surveillance video captured the 14-year-old autistic boy leaving his school. The attorney believes there is more video and possibly audio from that day.
“I am told there are as many as 20 cameras on the first floor. I have five and they are not consecutive numbers,” Perecman said.
The attorney said he has requested the additional video from the Department of Education. He wants to know what the school safety agent on duty did or said before Avonte disappeared.
Avonte’s parents are not speaking publicly at this time, but their friend Tony Herbert spoke to PIX11 Monday.
“I would think that quite frankly they would hope that the best would come out of this. That this is not Avonte. As a parent I feel the same way. But at the end of the day, ya know, all the conclusions that are coming up with regards to the matches on clothes and things of that like; it does make it a little disheartening,” Herbert said.