14-year-old non-verbal autistic boy, Avonte Oquendo, has been missing since last week.
The New York City Police Department is asking that if ANYONE has any information on Avonte’s whereabouts, to please come forward. Imagine how frightened Avonte must be in a strange location and unable to verbalize his fear.
Avonte’s parents say he loves trains, and the police have checked over 400 train stations, tunnels, abandoned stations and bathrooms for the teenager, but to no avail.
At Chief of Department Phil Banks’ request, if you have any information, call the department’s hotline at 800-577-TIPS. Any information is useful, and every lead will be followed.
Roc Conti, Avonte’s cousin spoke out, “If somebody does have him, release him, because he can’t even tell on you. Write a note, put it in his pocket, write a note on his forehead, send him off.” [i]
There is a substantial reward for information provided on Avonte Oquendo’s current location, but the most important thing is getting this boy home safe to his family.
[i] “ABC News” NYPD asks for help in finding Avonte Oquendo. 14 Oct 2013. Web. < http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=9276035>