NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As of Monday, it had been 17 days since Avonte Oquendo was last seen, and concern grows every passing day.
As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, the search for the autistic 14-year-old boy intensified even more on Monday.
Avonte was last seen on surveillance video walking out of the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens 17 days ago.
Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.
Hundreds of volunteers have joined in the search for Avonte, hoping his mom’s personal message will bring him out of hiding.