The reward for the safe return of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo has increased to $50,000. The organization Autism Speaks is offering the reward for the Autistic boy from Queens who is unable to speak.
Avonte Oquendo of Rego Park, Queens has been missing since last Friday (one week ago today). Avonte was last seen on video leaving Center Boulevard School on 51 Avenue in Long Island City at about 12:30 p.m. last week.
On Tuesday, police believed they found Avonte, but it ended up being another missing boy from Harlem. My Fox NY reports that Avonte is said to have a very good understanding of the NYC bus system and his mother said he loves trains.
"If you approach him, call his name. He doesn't like touch too much. He'll probably run. Try to keep him where's he's at," Avonte's mother Vanessa Fontaine told My Fox NY.
If you have any information about Avonte please call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS or go to www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Below is a Tweet from @ChabadLubavitch with a picture of the "Missing Person" flyer.
— Yaacov Behrman (@ChabadLubavitch) October 9, 2013