Despite performing a series of tests, the New York City Medical Examiner's Office was unable to determine a specific cause of death for Avonte Oquendo. Following a detailed search that lasted for months, the 14-year-old autistic boy's remains were found in College Point, Queens last month.
The New York Daily News reports that a spokeswoman for the medical examiner said that numerous tests could not explain how Oquendo died. The Daily News adds that police think he may have drowned after falling into the East River.
Oquendo was last seen alive on Oct. 4, when surveillance footage captured him running through an open door at Center Boulevard School. Footage obtained by NY1 last month showed that the door had been open for over 30 minutes until it was closed three minutes after Oquendo exited. Oquendo suffered from an extreme form of autism that prevented him from communicating verbally and seeking help.
His mother, Vanessa Fontaine, filed an emergency lawsuit against the Department of Education for access to files surrounding her son's disappearance. She was previously denied two times before, with the DOE citing privacy concerns.
[via New York Daily News]
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