Police are searching subway tunnels and local hospitals while trying to exhaust all leads in the search for a teenager who has autism and cannot communicate, according to authorities.
For the mother of a 12-year-old boy, the story is gut-wrenching. Barbara Rearick of Rego Park, Queens feels for the mother of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who went missing on Friday afternoon.
Oquendo was last seen leaving Center Boulevard School around 12:30 p.m. Oquendo has autism, and police said he’s non-verbal, making it all the more difficult for him to ask for help.
Neighbors in his Queens Apartment building have been pulling for the teen’s family.
According to police, Oquendo was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.
Missing posters are scattered throughout Long Island City, Queens and also in Rego Park.
Everyone is hopeful and looking out for any clues as to where Oquendo could be now.
The Department of Education said they are working closely with police who are conducting an active investigation.
Anyone with information in regards to this missing is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.