Avonde Oquendo Is Not Able To Communicate Verbally

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The search continued Sunday for a 14-year-old autistic boy who has not been seen since he left his Long Island City, Queens school two days earlier.

Avonte Oquendo was last seen at 12:38 p.m. on Friday, leaving the Center Boulevard School on 51st Avenue in Long Island City, police said. He was caught on surveillance video running out of the building.

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On Sunday, officers handed out missing person leaflets near the school.

Oquendo is African-American, stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds, police asid. He is not able to communicate verbally.

He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans, and black sneakers.

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Police said Oquendo has no history of running away.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

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