It has been more than two months since Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old N.Y. boy with autism, ran out of his Queens school on Oct. 4. The NYPD received hundreds of leads but have yet to locate the young teen. Now, Avonte's brother, Danny Oquendo, is reporting that the FBI has taken over the investigation. Avonte's mother has also started a new Facebook page, "Official Help Find Avonte," where she is asking for donations towards the search. Since Avonte's disappearance, wandering by individuals with autism has stepped into the national spotlight. If you have a child with autism or are a caregiver, please read our tips for preventing wandering.
Anyone with information on Avonte Oquendo should call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577. If you think you may have seen Avonte, call 911 immediately.