Is it Avonte?

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

January 17, 2014 2:02:13 PM PST
Is it Avonte Oquendo? That's the top-of-mind question tonight about the human remains found along the East River late last night. Fifteen weeks to the day after the 14-year-old boy with Autism disappeared from his school in Queens - near the East River - we are now awaiting a rushed DNA test to determine whether the remains are indeed Avonte.

A left arm on the shore - that's what was discovered yesterday by a 14-year-old girl who was taking pictures at the river. She saw it, took a picture, posted it on Twitter! - and then told her mom about it. Mom called the police. Other body parts have apparently been discovered, and now we wait for DNA testing. Also waiting - Avonte's parents, who have been holding out hope since he was last seen Oct. 4, hoping that he's still alive.

We all wait. We'll have the latest tonight at 11.

Also at 11, what happens to the Indian Point nuclear power plant if workers walk off their jobs at midnight? Managers insist they will keep the plant running, but with so many folks in New York - including Gov. Cuomo - against the plant's operation, we wonder if there will be calls for the plant to shutdown if there's a strike.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Diana Williams (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.


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