Human remains found next to the East River in Queens on Thursday night may be those of a teenager reported missing more than three months ago, an attorney for the boy’s family said Friday.
Attorney David Perecman told reporters that the remains included an arm, a leg and sneakers and jeans that matched the size and description of the clothing Avonte Oquendo was wearing when he disappeared.
Authorities announced at a press conference Friday night that 15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum of Genesee, Wisconsin has been found safe approximately 100 miles away in Chicago.
Investigators said Stalbaum approached a police officer in Chicago and asked for help, and she is now with Chicago police. Additional details about how she got to Chicago and why she was there were unavailable.
“I think she’s with a family somewhere. I think she’s being loved,” Deborah Bradley said. “You don’t take a baby to hurt her. You just don’t. Human trafficking is real. I have always felt like she’s okay and that she’s going to come home.”
For more than two weeks, millions of people traveling on New York City's subways have heard about missing autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, yet no one has found him. Now, his family hopes his mother's voice will lead to his safe return.
Patrol cars and search vehicles have been playing a recording of Avonte's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, hoping he will hear her voice and approach the emergency vehicles.
Hannah Anderson’s mother was beaten to death but her 8-year-old brother’s body was too badly damaged by fire for investigators to determine his cause of death, according to autopsy reports obtained by CNN.
While previously released documents indicated that authorities believed Christina and Ethan Anderson were “tortured and killed” by longtime family friend James Lee DiMaggio before he kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and set his house on fire, the autopsy reports reveal new details about their deaths.
The brother of murdered 7-year-old Willow Long has been taken into protective custody pending an investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, according to an agency spokesman.
Allegations of neglect and abuse were reported to the DCFS hotline last Sunday after Willow went missing, spokesman Dave Clarkin told HLN. On Tuesday, DCFS took protective custody of Willow’s 3-year-old brother.
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