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Search Continues for Missing Queens Boy with Autism

October 18, 2013
Date: October 18, 2013

The search for Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy with autism from Queens, N.Y., who has been missing since October 4th, continues. Avonte, who is nonverbal, was last seen on video surveillance running out the door of his school in Long Island City.

Autism Speaks Board Member Holly Robinson Peete visited Avonte's family at the search headquarters in Long Island City on Wednesday.

A Facebook page called Bring Avonte Home is sharing information and coordinating volunteer search efforts. At present, search organizers are in desperate need of volunteers who can search street to street, donations of printed flyers, and people who can spread the word about Avonte any way they can.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers hot line at (800) 577-TIPS. 

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Wandering by children with autism is common, dangerous and puts tremendous stress on families. Autism Speaks wants to remind families of the resources available and the advice to follow to keep your children safe. To check out our wandering resources, click here.

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