NYPD: Body Parts Found In East River Match Missing Teen Avonte Oquendo. Media TOO Busy With Chris Christie Bull Shit To Report DNA Results.


 

By Jueseppi B.

There is no earthly reason for this child to be dead. God exist...if he does, he is responsible for allowing this to happen.

There is no earthly reason for this child to be dead. God exist…if he does, he is responsible for allowing this to happen.

 

From NBC New York.com:

 

Body Parts Found in East River Matched to Missing Teen Avonte Oquendo: NYPD

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 Updated 1:23 PM EST

 

Body parts found along the shore of the East River in Queens have been matched by DNA to Avonte Oquendo, the teen who went missing more than three months ago, the NYPD confirmed Tuesday.

 

The body parts were found Thursday night in College Point, just southwest of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, about 9 miles by waterway from where Avonte was last seen on Oct. 4.

 

The disappearance of the autistic and mute teen launched a search that spanned the city and extended even into the suburbs for weeks. He walked out of his school in Long Island City, near the East River, and was never seen again.

 

Authorities said a human arm was found by a resident Thursday night, and then more body parts by officers who responded.

 

Searchers also located a pair of size 5 1/2 Air Jordan sneakers and a pair of jeans matching what Avonte was wearing the day he disappeared. A pair of underwear that was found did not match the size or brand he was wearing, sources said.

 

The flow of the East River, which is actually a tidal strait and not a river, changes direction with the tide, so it could have flowed from nearby Avonte’s school to the place where the parts were found.

 

Family lawyer Daniel Perecman said the child was last seen on surveillance video in a park right along the water. But, he said, the teen is afraid of water and “doesn’t like it.” The family doesn’t believe he would have voluntarily crossed a shoreline barrier.

 

Perecman has a press conference scheduled for later today.

 

Clothing on remains found in Queens match those of Avonte Oquendo: police

 

Published on Jan 18, 2014

Evidence gathered along the East River — body parts, clothing and a pair of sneakers — almost certainly brought to a tragic end the desperate three-month search for autistic teen Avonte Oquendo.

 

All that remained to confirm the parents’ worst fears was a comparison of DNA taken from the remains with the sample that Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, rushed to investigators. “Unfortunately, there is good reason to think it’s him,” the family’s lawyer, David Perecman, warned. “It’s more than just speculation.”

 

 

 

Avonte Oquendo Found : Clothing on remains found in Queens match those of Avonte Oquendo

 

Avonte walked past a security guard and out of the Riverview School in Long Island City, Queens, on Oct. 4. Avonte was obsessed with the subway system and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials made announcements on trains for weeks asking for help finding him. The MTA sent subway workers into the tunnels in Brooklyn and Queens to check out tips that the teen had been spotted wandering the tracks.

 

The NYPD went so far as to enlist the help of psychics in the search for the boy, sources told the Daily News. Police, relatives and volunteers posted flyers and combed waterways. The search generated dozens of false tips and a reward grew to nearly $90,000.
The case gripped the city with curiosity, hope and, finally, the beginnings of despair when a photographer spotted remains along the rocky shoreline in College Point on Thursday afternoon.

 

Police believe Avonte walked from the school and into a nearby hilly area along the mouth of the Newtown Creek that was covered with shrubbery. He may have lost his way among the brush and tumbled down a steep drop into the water.

 

Just after 7 p.m. Thursday, police found a left arm that police sources said appeared to have separated via decomposition — rather than a violent act. Police divers returned to the cold and murky water on Friday, feeling around the underwater rocks while wearing heavy gloves. Other cops searched the shoreline using cadaver dogs. They shut down the search by nightfall and were expected to resume at 7 a.m. Saturday.

 

In all, they found legs in boys’ size 16 Old Navy jeans, a size 51/2 Air Jordan sneaker and a striped shirt — all consistent with the outfit Avonte was wearing when he went missing.

 

Cops found the legs about 15 to 20 feet from the arm on a set of rocks. On Friday, cops found what appeared to be a human jawbone, a source told The News. They have also located possible rib bones and a partial pelvis.

 

Fruit of the Loom underwear — size large — were found on the body, offering a glimmer of hope for the family. Fontaine said she dressed her son in Hanes underwear.

 

The first of the remains were spotted by a 19-year-old photography student who lives in College Point, police sources said. Natasha Shapiro, who takes photography classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, was too rattled to talk with reporters.

 

In their official account of the disappearance, Riverview School staffers said Avonte disappeared from a group of students that was walking from a cafeteria to a computer lab, Perecman has said.

 

As it became increasingly more likely that the story of Avonte’s disappearance would not have a happy ending, schools spokesman Devon Puglia said crisis teams were “standing by for whatever the school needs.”

 

Perecman filed a $25 million notice of claim against the city on behalf of Avonte’s family five days after the boy vanished.

 
His disappearance prompted Sen. Chuck Schumer to float a proposal to place tracking devices on autistic kids who could be overwhelmed by “the sights and sounds of New York City and other busy places.”

 

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Two things make me wanna turn into an angry vigilante…

 

One…whomever did this horrific murder of an autistic child is him/herself in need of dying in the same exact manner as Avonte Oquendo. No long death row battle or appeals, no sitting on death row for 20 years, just turn him/her over to someone like me.

 

Two…main stream media is much more concerned in a dumbass winter storm named Janus followed by coverage of lying bullying Chris Christie and his swearing in ceremony. Proper reporting of these DNA test results are on the back page in being reported, to those who were holding out hope for Avonte’s return. Like Me.

 

If Avonte Oquendo had been a caucasian autistic child allowed to wander off from his special needs school……what would have been done differently?

 

Everything.

 

I just don’t have the words.

 

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Another Missing Woman: Dr. Teleka Patrick Missing In Michigan Since December 6th, 2013


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Surveillance video shows missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick just minutes before she disappeared

Published on Dec 19, 2013

 

Surveillance video shows missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick just minutes before she disappeared.

 

 

 

Kissimmee, Florida - A mother from Kissimmee, Florida is pleading for help in finding her adult daughter who has been missing from Kalamazoo, Michigan since early December.

 

Dr. Teleka Patrick’s car was found abandoned in Indiana on December 5th.

 

Her mother, Irene Patrick, has been to Michigan and Indiana to post fliers to try and find her daughter.

 

Each search has left the family with more questions than answers.

 

“We are desperate to hear something. We want to get out far and wide, high and deep, around the globe as much as possible,” Irene Patrick said.

 

 

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(CNN) — Three weeks ago, Teleka Patrick disappeared.

 

The 30-year-old doctor in residency failed to show up for work on December 6 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The night before, police 100 miles south in Indiana found her car abandoned but not crashed in a ditch off busy I-94.

 

Investigators searched but came up empty.

 

“We looked everywhere,” Sgt. Rick Strong of the Indiana State Police told CNN.

 

Michigan doctor mysteriously disappears

Now investigators have more potential evidence, about 20 minutes worth.

 

Videos provide clues

 

 

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Surveillance and home videos uploaded to YouTube provide clues about Patrick’s movement in the weeks, days and hours before she vanished.

 

In a different context, the YouTube videos might be considered sweet or romantic. They feature Patrick talking, cooing and singing to someone unnamed and apparently unknown.

 

Patrick’s mother told CNN she wasn’t aware of any romantic relationship her daughter may have had. But the videos have an intimate feel to them.

 

“Hi, baby,” Patrick says in one. “I am just coming to you to say ‘hi’ and tell you about my day.”

 

In another video, Patrick shows a table set for two with omelets and pancakes.

 

“If you were here, this is what would be your plate,” she coos.

 

The two videos were posted in early November. It’s not completely clear why they only drew attention now.

 

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A third video to surface comes from a local hotel in Kalamazoo. That’s where Patrick went on the night of December 5, just hours before police found her car in that ditch.

 

At a little past 7:30 p.m., Patrick, dressed all in black, showed up at a Radisson hotel not far from the hospital where she worked.

 

She spent around 10 minutes talking with employees at the reception desk but ultimately left.

 

There’s no audio on the video, and it’s not clear why Patrick failed to book a room.

 

But at 7:48 p.m., she strode across the hotel’s tiled floors, out the door and onto a hotel shuttle bus.

 

Those images provide the last known picture of Patrick.

 

Friends, family shocked

Patrick’s disappearance has, from the beginning, drawn shock from many corners.

 

Her family says Patrick, who had just moved to Michigan, bought a plane ticket to come visit them for the holidays in Florida.

 

Her colleagues called her “part of our family of medical professionals.”

 

And CNN’s audience posted by the droves on iReport asking for coverage in the hopes that more information and coverage would propel the case forward.

 

The young doctor was described in comments as “wonderful,” “beautiful” and “talented.”

 

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The newly discovered videos add to the swirl of questions surrounding this case.

 

Investigators have said they have no evidence of foul play, but they also don’t have conclusive evidence that Patrick’s movements on December 5 were voluntary.

 

Police brought out dogs to track Patrick’s scent. They led investigators the 30 or so feet out of the ditch where Patrick’s car rested to the highway. There, the trace went cold.

 

“We have scoured, searched and looked at everything we could possibly look at — all the exits, all the businesses, all the hotels,” Strong said. “We posted fliers; we talked to neighbors (who live near the highway). We did a full-blown, on-the-ground search in the wooded area north of where the car was.”

 

Carl Clatterback, a private investigator hired by Patrick’s family, told CNN that investigators are looking into the videos. A central question: Who is Patrick talking to in the videos and does that person know anything about what happened to her?

 

CNN’s Tiffany Campbell contributed to this report.

 

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New YouTube Video of Missing Michigan Doctor Teleka Patrick

 

Published on Dec 27, 2013

 

Teleka Patrick has been missing for nearly three weeks after getting off a hotel shuttle bus.

 

 

 

 

Also Still Missing…… #FindAvonte

 

#FindAvonte: Autistic 14-Year-Old Avonte Oquendo STILL Missing After 86 Days

 

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Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

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#FindAvonte: Autistic 14-Year-Old Avonte Oquendo STILL Missing After 86 Days


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Please Don’t Stop Searching For Missing Autistic 14-Year-Old Avonte Oquendo

 

Avonte Oquendo. Don’t Forget Him. He’s Missing Over 4 Weeks. Help Find Him Please.

 

Avonte Oquendo Is Still Missing. 14 Years Old AND Autistic. No Communication Ability. Find Him.

 

 

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

 

A $95,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to Avonte’s safe return.

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

Avonte Oquendo headquarters opens

 

Weeks after autistic teen goes missing, mother and volunteers continue search.

 

The press has slowed and the city’s search parties have been scaled back, but the hunt for Avonte Oquendo continues.

 

Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte’s mother, has gone from her home in Rego Park to a tent in Long Island City to an official Help Find Avonte headquarters in the two months since her son bolted from his school and into the street.

 

“He’s still out there and we just needed a place where the volunteers can come in and do the fliers, pass them out and where I can get everything set up for when they come in,” she said.

 

The office is modest, no larger than a small apartment, with cream-colored walls covered with pictures of Avonte’s face. Though the pictures show the skinny 14-year-old smiling and happy, each poster acts as a haunting reminder of the mute autistic child who disappeared into the crisp autumn afternoon.

 

The pain parents must feel when their child is missing cannot be easily seen on Fontaine’s face. She maintains her composure and, like an athlete preparing for a big game, she keeps her eyes on the prize.

 

“I never struggle to stay positive,” she said, sipping from aStyrofoam cup filled with coffee from the Keurig machine she set up for the volunteers. “I can never think anything negative when it comes to my son. I just keep thinking that he’s still around, that someone has him and that he will be found.”

 

Whether Avonte is alive is not a question Fontaine entertains. She said she is absolutely confident that he is alive.

 

“My gut feeling is that someone took him,” she said. “On the street, there are no cameras around and he’s just walking alone.”

 

Fontaine is not alone in her search. Countless volunteers still show up every week to hang fliers and go on searches across the city, but it is her sons who appear to be her most loyal seekers.

 

Anthony and Andrew, two of her four sons, work with their mother throughout the day, hauling boxes, fixing the office up and folding fliers.

 

Her stepson, Jason, has been active on social media and Instagram, posting frequently about Avonte.

 

There is a sense of determination in the air as boxes and boxes of envelopes and fliers are laid on top of one another to be mailed out around the city.

 

With Christmas coming up, Fontaine says her one wish is to have Avonte home for the holidays.

 

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“If I could have one gift, that would be it,” she said. “We’re going to keep Christmas normal and hopefully he’ll be home by then and we’ll do what we do as one big happy family.”

 

On Dec. 9, just after the headquarters opened, a Facebook page and PayPal account was started under the Official Help Find Avonte name.

 

“The Facebook page is to keep people in the loop and send out information in a quick way, and the PayPal is to help pay for some of the expenses we accumulate here,” Fontaine said.

 

Expenses including staples, paper clips, envelopes, paper and rent add up quickly and the family has relied on the help of friends and strangers alike to help them out.

 

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“They’re small things but they add up quickly,” Fontaine said.

 

She added that the account has done well and as of Wednesday, just over a week after it started, the Facebook page has accumulated more than 3,000 likes.

 

“It’s nice to know that so many people have identified with us and have helped us out,” Fontaine said.

 

If you would like to donate to the Help Find Avonte headquarters, you can do so by visiting the Facebook page at facebook.com/official-help-find-Avonte. The headquarters, at 21-81A 24 St. in Astoria, is also accepting donations of office supplies, coffee and hot chocolate for volunteers and other essentials.

 

“If I could say one thing to him I’d say that I love him, I will never stop looking for him and that he is coming home soon,” Fontaine said.

 

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Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

 

School’s Response to Avonte Oquendo’s Disappearance Was Delayed, Disorganized, Attorney Says

 

By Pei-Sze Cheng

Details of an internal Department of Education report on autistic 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance from his school in October were released by the family lawyer. The report suggests several oversights and the boy’s family is now demanding answers. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

 

School security and administrators’ immediate response to the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo from his Queens school on Oct. 4 appeared to be disorganized and confused, the boy’s family’s lawyer says, citing documents from an internal investigation by the Department of Education.

 

Avonte Oquendo’s family attorney David Perecman said he obtained an occurrence report from the DOE detailing the timeline of Oquendo’s disappearance from Center Boulevard School, compiled during the internal investigation.

 

According to the documents, 14-year-old Oquendo, who is non-verbal and autistic, had three adults watching his class on Oct. 4. The class was on its way to the computer lab when Oquendo slipped away.

 

Security cameras showed Avonte walking to the first floor at 12:37 p.m., the documents say. The boy walked by the main security desk twice before leaving the building through the Center Boulevard exit door, which had been left ajar.

 

At 12:41 p.m., a school safety agent went to the same exit and closed the door shut.

 

Oquendo’s teachers noticed he was missing at 12:40 p.m., and at 12:56 p.m., they notified the assistant principal, according to the documents. When the assistant principal asked the safety agent to sweep the outside perimeter of the school, the safety agent told her that she did not see Oquendo walk out back, and that she saw him “run up the stairs.”

 

The safety agent’s statement would be contradicted by security video that captured Oquendo leaving the school.

 

RELATED: Investigation Finds Alarming Holes in School Security

 

Oquendo’s mother Vanessa Fontaine, who has been leading search efforts to find her son for nearly four months, was devastated by the new information.

 

If the school safety agent “would have just got up and went outside and ran after him instead of closing the door and acting like nothing happened, my son would be here with me, not lost out in the street somewhere,” she said.

 

Attorney Perecman said the documents showed other issues that hampered the search for the boy: administrators did not have passwords to security cameras, so they could not review the footage and ascertain the fact that Oquendo had left the building until two hours after he first went missing.

 

And although the assistant principal requested that the school be put on a “soft lockdown” right after she learned about Oquendo’s disappearance, her request was denied so as not to “upset the other students,” the documents state.

 

A full lockdown was not ordered until 2 p.m., a full hour and a half after Avonte slipped out of the school.

 

The Department of Education said in a statement that “the case is currently under investigation by the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation. All School Security Agents are employed and trained by the New York City Police Department.

 

“Separate from the investigation, the Chancellor has expressed a determination that the Department learn every lesson possible from this terrible situation, and do everything in its power to prevent incidents like this from ever occurring again.”

 

The NYPD declined to comment, as they have not been able to review the Department of Education’s occurrence report.

 

Oquendo’s family filed a notice of claim in October, but they have not given up hope that they might find him alive. They have moved their base of operations from Long Island City to Astoria, where they are coordinating search efforts.

 

“I can’t sit home and not do anything, that’s my child,” she said. “I know he expects his mother and his family to look for him, that’s what we’re going to do.”

 

Police Searching For Avonte Oquendo Missing Autistic Queen Teenager in Island City!

 

 

 

Police searching for missing teen last seen leaving LIC school

 

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

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Avonte Oquendo. Don’t Forget Him. He’s Missing Over 4 Weeks. Help Find Him Please.


 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

We can VOLUNTEER too! Search 4 Avonte. Come to 24/7 command tent 51st Ave/Center Blvd. LIC Queens Help #FindAvonte

 

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Avonte Oquendo’s mom: “My son is alive”

 

NEW YORK (WABC) – ”My son is alive,” Avonte Oquendo’s mother told reporters on Friday, reacting toNYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly‘s comments that hope is fading that autistic teen will be found alive.

 

 

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Avonte Oquendo Is Still Missing. 14 Years Old AND Autistic. No Communication Ability. Find Him.

 

 

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14 Year Old Autistic “Child” Avonte Oquendo, Missing Since October 4th, 2013, Is STILL MISSING.

 

 

Please Be On The Lookout For 14 Year Old Autistic Avonte Oquendo Missing Since October 4th, 2013

 

 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

We can VOLUNTEER too! Search 4 Avonte. Come to 24/7 command tent 51st Ave/Center Blvd. LIC Queens Help #FindAvonte

 

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Police Searching For Avonte Oquendo Missing Autistic Queen Teenager in Island City!

 

 

 

Police searching for missing teen last seen leaving LIC school

 

 

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

Avonte Oquendo search extends into 4th week

 

It’s been 23 days, but cops say they haven’t given up the search for Avonte Oquendo, a missing 14-year-old autistic boy whose image has become ingrained in the city’s psyche.

 

“A lot of people from the Police Department are emotionally involved,” NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks 3rd said Sunday at the Long Island City school where the teen was last seen Oct. 4.

 

Images provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows an undated photo of Avonte Oquendo who was last seen on a school surveillance video leaving the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens, around 12:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 4, 2013. The family of a 14-year-old autistic boy who cannot speak says he has been missing since Friday.

 

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  Eyewitness News

NEW YORK (WABC) — It’s now been more than four weeks since the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who was last seen running out of his school in Long Island City, Queens, on October 4.

 

Still, his family is standing by its vow to find him.

 

Crews were out searching again Friday night.

 

Since the search began, police say they’ve received nearly 600 tips from the public and reviewed 460 videos for any clues.

 

Earlier this week, a picture snapped by a 13-year-old boy on the subway injected some much-needed energy into the effort to find Avonte, who is autistic and non-verbal.

 

The photo showed a boy who resembles Oquendo wearing a beige jacket and green khaki pants, sitting and looking straight ahead. The teen who took the photo approached the other boy and asked if he was Avonte, but the boy didn’t answer.

 

The NYPD confirmed the boy in the photo’s identity Thursday, and it was not Avonte. Still, his family remains hopeful he will be found alive.

 

“It’s tough, it’s just a tough situation right now,” dad Daniel Oquendo said. “But we’re hoping for the best.”

 

The reward for information leading to his safe return is up to $95,000.

 

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Avonte Oquendo Is Still Missing. 14 Years Old AND Autistic. No Communication Ability. Find Him.


 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

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Avonte Oquendo’s mom: “My son is alive”

 

NEW YORK (WABC) — “My son is alive,” Avonte Oquendo’s mother told reporters on Friday, reacting to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly‘s comments that hope is fading that autistic teen will be found alive.

 

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“There’s no evidence that Avonte is not alive,” family attorney David Perecman said, adding he was stunned by Kelly’s remarks on Thursday night.

 

“I’m going to ask the commissioner not to make statements like that,” Perecman said. “The family had no idea it was coming and they were really hurt when the statement was made.”

 

Kelly’s statement came during a brief interview with reporters.

 

“Obviously we have devoted a tremendous amount of resources to the search,” he said. “Unfortunately, we are not hopeful that we’re going to find this young man alive, but we are continuing our search.”

 

Concerned perhaps that Kelly was suggesting the search may be scaled back, Perecman pressed for investigators to not scale back their search, but do things not yet attempted.

 

“The main purpose is to bring life and rejuvenate the effort as it gets cold to find Avonte,” he said. “Anything that anyone says or does to dampen the effort to search for Avonte is inappropriate, reckless.”

 

“I want them (police department) to continue searching,” his mother, Vanessa, said.

 

“Hopefully, (Kelly’s) comments will encourage more people to come out and volunteer,” added his father, Daniel Oquendo, Sr.

 

The number of volunteers appears to be dwindling and the boy’s family is encouraging people to please come out and help with the search. The National Action Network is gearing up for a major push this Sunday.

 

When interviewed by reporters Friday, the police commissioner changed his response.

 

“We are continuing to devote significant resources to the effort,” Kelly said.

 

“Do you think he could still be alive?” a reporter asked.

 

“You know, we certainly hope so,” Kelly said.

 

Kelly says investigators have chased down 450 leads and reviewed nearly 200 pieces of video, but so far none of it has led to Avonte.

 

Even as the temperatures start to plummet, Kelly said on Thursday that the search will still continue throughout the northeast and he encouraged anyone with information to contact police.

 

“We are continuing to put information out,” he said. “We’re talking to jurisdictions in the northeast quadrant of the United States. We ask anyone with any information to call our TIPS hotline.”

 

For the past three weeks, volunteers, police officers and Oquendo’s friends and relatives have exhaustively searched and painted the city with flyers.

 

The boy was last seen on October 4 leaving his school in Long Island City, and a massive manhunt ensued. Unfortunately, all the manpower, effort and energy has turned up nothing thus far.

 

Police say Avonte was fascinated with trains and had previously turned up at subway stations after wandering off from home, so that is where investigators are focusing their energy.

 

Most recently, in August after he wandered away from home, family members ran to the 67th Avenue Station in Forest Hills where they found him.

 

Five years ago, he took the subway from Jamaica to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike Station. Transit police found him that time. And seven years ago, he was found at the Fresh Pond Road Station in Ridgewood after wandering from home.

 

The reward for Avonte’s safe return is up to nearly $90,000.

Thank you ABC News.

 

I wonder if NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly’s words would be the same if his son/daughter was lost on the streets of NYC?

 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

We can VOLUNTEER too! Search 4 Avonte. Come to 24/7 command tent 51st Ave/Center Blvd. LIC Queens Help #FindAvonte

 

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Everyone In NYC Is Looking For A 14-Year-Old Who Can’t Speak, And It’s All The City’s Fault

By ERIN FUCHS

New Yorkers may be wondering why the city has been blanketed for weeks with posters about a missing 14-year-old boy with autism named Avonte Oquendo.

 

The MTA has even made regular announcements asking passengers to look for the boy, who’s unable to use language.

 

I’ve lived in New York City for more than a decade, and I can’t recall a more high-profile search for a missing child.

 

It turns out New York may be putting so many resources into searching for the boy because his disappearance is the city’s fault.

 

In a moving column today, The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson writes about the “outrageous failure” that led to the disappearance of Oquendo on Oct. 4. The boy walked out of his Queens public school in the middle of the day. A security guard asked him where he was going but failed to stop him when he didn’t answer, Davidson writes. (Oquendo couldn’t answer because he’s severely autistic and can’t use language.)

 

The city has pulled out all the stops to look for him. For the first time ever, the MTA has deployed its PACIS system (the tickers that tell you when a train is coming next) to look for a missing child, Davidson notes. The NYPD sent out search helicopters and is interviewing people on the sex offender registry. Multiple agencies of the city have scoured Central Park as well as waterways, train stations, and subway lines, CBS New York reported.

 

Regardless of how the search ends, Davidson notes that it began with the city’s failure to protect a child with special needs. His mother, Vanessa Fontaine, notified the city that she plans to sue the city and its Department of Education over the boy’s disappearance, the Associated Press reported.

 

Fontaine’s lawyer, David Perecman, told the AP that school officials failed to call her until an hour after her son disappeared. City Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott told the AP that the department’s thoughts are with Oquendo’s family.

 

“Let’s try to find the student and then we’ll do the investigation on exactly what happened,” Walcott told the AP.

 

Thank you Business Insider.

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Family Intensifies Search for Missing Autistic Boy

Avonte Oquendo was last seen leaving his school in Long Island City

 

Avonte Oquendo was last seen leaving Center Boulevard School in Long Island City at around 12:45 p.m. Friday. Surveillance video showed him running from the school, and his family has been pleading for help finding him.

 

“He cannot communicate at all,” said the boy’s brother, Daniel Oquendo Jr., who flew in from Orlando Tuesday to organize the latest search. “He can’t tell someone if he is hungry, if he is lost. He can’t say his name.”

 

The family of a missing 14-year-old mute autistic boy is intensifying their search for him after a false alarm Tuesday when police initially reported they’d found him.

 

Daniel Oquendo Jr. said the family is focusing their search underground, particularly in Queens where most of the tips have been originating.

 

“He does ride the trains from here to get to school. Always with someone, but that’s how he gets to and from school,” he said.

 

In addition to the subways, the family is searching empty warehouses and diners.

 

Police had said Tuesday that Oquendo had been found after someone called police and reported seeing him inEast Harlem. About 20 minutes later, police said they had been mistaken, that the child was not him.

 

“There was someone who fit the description, and I believe he might have been autistic and non-verbal as well,” said Oquendo Jr. “I don’t know what the odds are that they found someone also like that, and looks like him.”

 

A statewide alert remains in effect for Oquendo. Police have also released an updated photo of the boy, below.

 

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“If you knew him, you’d know we’re out here, and we’ll be out here as long as we have to be, until he’s found,” said Oquendo Jr.

 

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

 

A $90,000 reward is now being offered for the safe return of a 14-year-old autistic boy from Queens who has been missing for a week.

 

Autism Speaks said the reward was increased Friday through a generous donor. Two other organizations had already pledged $10,000.

 

A 24-hour command center has been set near the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City where Avonte Oquendo was last seen. The teen was spotted on surveillance video leaving the school on Oct. 4.

 

“He’s probably scared, hungry, the temperature’s dropping,” his father Daniel Oquendo told CBS 2′s Amy Dardashtian. “This is the seventh day and we’re getting desperate.”

 

The family has been intensifying their search, tapping into social media and assigning volunteers to cover specific areas.

 

“We’ve pretty much covered all of Queens and Brooklyn,” said Avonte’s brother Daniel Oquendo, Jr. “We’ve had at least 100 to a 150 people come by to help.”

 

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said there are 100 NYPD officers are assigned to look for Avonte. He said they’re leaving no stone unturned.

 

‘We have interviewed virtually everyone on the sexual predator registry in that area,” Kelly told reporters including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb.

 

Because of the 14-year old’s fascination with trains, Kelly says every bit of subway track and all stations, including those abandoned, are getting a second going over. He added the search may be expanded to NJ TRANSIT and the LIRR.

 

Police and volunteers have been passing out flyers and pictures of Avonte are plastered all over the city.

 

“I’m just hoping he’s OK,” the boy’s mother Vanessa Fontaine said Thursday. “He finds some shelter from the rain, he’s not sick, he’s not passed out from not eating. It’s been days and days and days.”

 

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Avonte cannot communicate verbally. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he was assigned to a group of six special needs kids who are supervised by one teacher and one paraprofessional.

 

The teen’s mother said she is upset that the surveillance video shows her son strolling off unabated.

 

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“I can’t watch it. I can’t see him run off like that and nobody’s running behind him to say, ‘hey kid come back here.’ There’s no one,” Fontaine said.

 

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Published on Oct 5, 2013

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

 

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The boy’s family filed a claim to sue the city and the school district for failing to properly supervise Avonte. The family’s attorney, David Perecman, said it took the school too long to notify the boy’s mother about his disappearance.

 

“The school had ordered a lockdown and was looking for the child in the school for an hour before they even let mom know,” he said.

 

A vigil is being held Friday evening next to the Center Boulevard School for Avonte in the hopes that he will be found safe.

 

“There are so many people who understand what a difficult time this is and how important it is to try to find Avonte as soon as possible for his safe return,” Lisa Goring, vice president of family services at Autism Speaks, told 1010 WINS.

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

Finding a missing child with autism is challenging, but ‘nobody is giving up on Avonte’

 

The characteristics of autism, long thought of as a mystery, turn from enigma to life-threatening dangers when autistic children go missing, experts say.

 

Family members of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old non-verbal autistic boy who vanished a week ago from his Queens, N.Y., school, are hoping his story will be one of the happy ones. But law enforcement face a multitude of challenges in Avonte’s situation that they wouldn’t normally have in a missing child case: For starters, Avonte can’t respond when his name is called.

 

“They sometimes will seek tight enclosed spaces and hide from searchers. These are not going to be a typical search for a child, as you might think, especially in a densely populated area like Queens,” said Bob Lowery, senior executive director for the missing children division at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

 

“This child is not going to be out looking for help,” Lowery said. “He might be reacting much differently. He might be eluding people.”

 

Avonte may also not have the ability to care for himself, said Lisa Goring, vice president of family services with Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization.

 

“A 14-year-old in general is still a very young person, so that obviously is a cause for concern, being on his own,” she said.

 

More worrisome, children with autism often engage in “high-risk behavior,” Lowery said, such as gravitating toward active roadways and bodies of water. For children with severe autism who “wander,” or bolt from safe environments, as Avonte did, about 91 percent of them who die are killed by drowning, he said.

 

This year alone, 14 kids with autism have wandered and died, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

 

But the stories don’t always end in tragedy. In October 2011, a non-verbal autistic 8-year-old in central Virginia, Robert Wood Jr., was found alive after missing for nearly a week. Robert had wandered away from a park while he was with his family and was found curled up in a creek bed.

 

“There were an estimated 6,000 people searching for him and there was never a credible sighting of him. The children are extremely clever about the way they elude. You can’t underestimate a child with autism,” Lowery said.

 

Searchers will be paying especially close attention to small spaces that Avonte could have climbed into.

 

“We don’t fully understand why they seek these tight enclosed spaces, whether it’s for security for comfort or their trying to escape maybe some noises or stimulus that may frighten them or irritate them,” Lowery said.

 

The week-long search for Avonte has been fraught with false hopes and tips that didn’t pan out. The boy was last seen running from the Riverview School in Queens onto the street on a school surveillance video; few other clues have poured in.

 

His family said Avonte likes trains, so police have homed in on subway stations, posting fliers throughout the system.

 

If a volunteer or a stranger does spot Avonte, Goring recommended following him, but not approaching him, to avoid scaring him.

 

“Call the tip line to let them know. Follow or keep an eye on Avonte but don’t necessarily approach or touch him. Keep him in your sight and communicate with law enforcement,” she said.

 

In runaway cases where autism isn’t a factor, law enforcement have other worries on their minds.

 

“The great majority of our missing children are going to be runaway children. They want to be away and they don’t want to be found in some cases, and naturally we are concerned about their welfare as well,” Lowery said. “They’ve got to sustain themselves while they’re out there so they’re often times vulnerable to exploitation or someone wants to take advantage of them. Lot of our children in sex trafficking start out as runaway children.”

 

Regardless, law enforcement always spend time with the family to find out what the child’s particular interests are — something they did in Avonte’s case, which led them to discover his affinity for trains.

 

While no statistics on how many children with autism wander are available, Lowery said it appears to be seasonal: More leave home when the weather is warmer.

 

“We’re not going to give up searching till we find Avonte,” Lowery said. “No one is giving up on Avonte. We’re going to continue looking until he’s found.”

 

The family feels the same way.

 

“We get leads throughout the day, and whenever we get them, we try to take them seriously,” Avonte’s brother, Danny Oquendo, told NBCNewYork.com. “We call police detectives, then volunteers who go to that area.”

 

Added their father, Daniel Oquendo, ”We can’t even sleep. It’s hard to sleep knowing your child is out there and he could be cold and hungry and he can’t even communicate.”

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

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

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

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