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DNA tests could confirm remains are that of missing autistic boy

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 01:11

Jan. 18 - The family of an autistic New York teen who went missing in October awaits results of DNA test on remains found in river. Linda So reports.

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Divers are back in the water searching for more remains after body parts were found along the shore in New York's East River. The family of Avonte Oquendo is waiting for DNA tests to come back to confirm whether the remains are those of the autistic boy. The 14-year-old was last seen in October wandering away from his Long Island City school. The family's attorney says pieces of clothing that have been recovered appear to match what the boy was last wearing. SOUNDBITE: FAMILY ATTORNEY DAVID PERECMAN, SAYING: "It's a size 5 1/2 Nike Jordan sneakers and size 16 jeans which are both what Avonte was wearing on the day he left which are troubling things to hear." The remains along the East River were found about 11 miles from where Avonte was last seen. SOUNDBITE: MICHAEL ROSEN, AUTISM SPEAKS, SAYING: "This is every parent's worst nightmare. Can you imagine your child goes missing when he's just in school for the day and he takes off?" SOUNDBITE: RESIDENT ERIC LABOY, SAYING: "I've been following the story and it's heartbreaking that it could be a possibility that it could be Avonte." DNA results are expected in a few days. Family members say they aren't assuming anything until they get positive confirmation.

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DNA tests could confirm remains are that of missing autistic boy

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 01:11