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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City medical examiner's office says that human remains found along the East River are those of an autistic teen missing for three months.
 
The office said Tuesday that DNA tests confirm the remains found Thursday are those of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo. He was last seen walking out of his school on Oct. 4. His disappearance prompted a search that included hundreds of police and volunteers.
 
The medical examiner says the cause and manner of death are pending further study.
 
A teenage girl shooting photos in a Queens park noticed a left arm, leading to the discovery of legs and lower torso. A part of a skull was also later recovered.
 
Authorities made the identification through DNA given by his family.
Published in National News
Sunday, 19 January 2014 10:20

Police ID body found in car

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 62-year-old woman whose body was found in a vehicle submerged in the Mississippi River.

The Southeast Missourian reports authorities say Autumn Vinson of Jackson, Missouri was found dead in the car submerged in about five feet of water Friday.

Darin Hickey, spokesman the Cape Girardeau Police Department, says police are investigating. Hickey says the body was found in the back seat of the vehicle, but it's unclear how it got there because the submerged vehicle was full of water.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

The body was found after a passer-by called police Friday morning to report seeing the antenna and roof of the vehicle in the water.

Published in Local News

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - More than two months after a woman's body was found along the banks of the Mississippi River near the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal, her identity remains a mystery.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn told the Hannibal Courier-Post that police are no closer to identifying the woman than they were when the body was found in September.

Shinn believes the woman was not from the Hannibal area. He says one possibility is that she was in the country illegally.

There was some evidence that she toured the Mark Twain Cave two days before the body was found. The cave is south of Hannibal, not far from where the body was discovered.

Published in Local News
Thursday, 26 September 2013 17:18

Police ID body found in abandoned building

St. Louis Police have identified the man found stabbed to death inside a vacant North St. Louis building.

40-year-old Kevin Davis was found with multiple stab wounds to the back inside a building in the 3700 block of Cote Brilliante. Anyone with information should contact the St. Louis City police.

Published in Local News

Authorities are still unable to identify the body of a young woman that washed up on the banks of the Mississippi River in the Hannibal area.

The Marion County Sheriff is asking for the public's help to ID the body. The victim was apparently 15 to 30 years of age, 5-foot-3 and weighing about 135 pounds with shoulder-length black hair.

Published in Local News
Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:17

Woman found dead in car in St. Peters

Authorities are left with more questions than answers after finding a woman dead inside a car this morning.

The body was found around 6:30 this morning in St. Peters. Authorities doe not know the cause of death, but do not believe she was the victim of a homicide.

Police said they could not give any more details until an autopsy was performed.

Published in Local News

St. Louis police have identified a young woman found dead over the weekend.

29-year-old Annette Bock was found inside a vacant North City home around 6:30 on Saturday evening. No signs of trauma were visible on her body. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Published in Local News

A man was found dead inside a Best Buy "Geek Squad" car today.

Police found the car along the side of eastbound Interstate 64 in Chesterfield around 9:30 this morning. KMOV reports there were no clues as to his cause of death. The victim has not been identified.

 

Published in Local News

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