Fourteen-year-old Avonte Oquendo, a young boy with autism from Queens, NY has been missing since Friday afternoon. Avonte, who is nonverbal and according to his family has the mental capacity of a seven-year-old, was last seen on video surveillance running out the door of his school in Long Island City at approximately 12:45pm.
Thirty-four-year-old Andrew Rivera Jr. of Manhattan, NY has also been missing since September 29. Andrew has severe autism and was last seen inside his West 16th Street home.
In a tragic wandering case in Missouri, the body of five-year-old Devonte Dye was found by rescue workers shortly before 10 a.m. on Monday in a slough near his grandparents' home. Devonte had disappeared from his grandparents' home on Sunday afternoon. Autism Speaks extends our deepest sympathies to Devonte's family.
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.