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Police May Scale Back Search for Missing Teen

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 05:57 PM

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.

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Comments [3]

Skeeter from New York City

"....Missing since Oct. 4 when he ran out the Riverview School..." Ran out the school?

Oct. 22 2013 11:31 AM
suzinne from bronx

This is a sad story. But what kind of school let's a kid (autistic or otherwise) just walk out of school (unless it's the end of the school day)? Really, how many kids would do that if they could?

Oct. 22 2013 10:59 AM
TJC from Jersey City, NJ

I pray they find this young man.

Oct. 22 2013 09:43 AM

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