Police May Scale Back Search for Missing Teen

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the NYPD may scale back its search for Avonte Oquendo later this week. The autistic 14-year-old has been missing since Oct. 4 when he ran out the Riverview School, a special education high school that shares space with another high school in Long Island City.

"We’re still devoting a lot of resources to the search," Kelly told reporters on Monday. "We’ll have to make adjustments as far as deployment of the amount of resources that we have. We’ll do that probably during the week if we’re unsuccessful."

According to Capitol New York, Kelly said over 100 police officers have been working on the case. The more than 200 tips from the public haven't led to any credible leads. Scuba divers are searching waters around the city daily for a possible body.

Kelly says anyone with information about the missing teen should call the police hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

Meanwhile, Avonte's older brother, Danny, who helped coordinate the volunteer search effort from a tent erected near Riverview School, said on Monday that he was leaving town.

"Sadly today was my last day in New York," he wrote on his Tumblr page. "I had to go back to Orlando, to go back to work, pay my bills. I just want to thank everybody for all their help and please stay on the lookout for my little brother Avonte. Thank you and God bless you.”

You can see his video here.