NEW YORK (AP) — Family and friends released balloons and read poetry to mark the one-year anniversary of the day a 14-year-old with autism wandered out of his New York City school.
Avonte Oquendo's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, said she wanted to thank volunteers who spent hours searching for the teen, who could not speak.
Avonte left through an open door at his Queens school on Oct. 4, 2013 and was last seen walking toward a park overlooking the East River. His remains were found in January, but a cause of death could not be determined.
The remembrance Saturday was held at the park where Avonte may have gone. Fontaine said through tears that she misses her son every day.
A probe into Avonte's death found errors by the school but recommended no discipline.