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Search continues for missing teen with autism: ‘We know he’s going to be found’

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Long Island City, QUEENS (PIX 11) — On this bitterly cold night, two teenagers with autism are missing, believed to be in New York City and scores a volunteer say they are not giving up no matter the weather.

“He’s going to be found. We know he’s going to be found,” volunteer Eric Wright told PIX 11. Talk about dedication.

This volunteer Eric Wright has been part of the search for 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo since the teenager with autism vanished from his Long Island city school on October 4.

Working out of a camper on Borden Avenue and Center Drive, Wright and other volunteers have been handing on fliers and say they won’t be giving up despite the cold.

We have a good group, but we could always use more volunteers,” Wright said.

Now a second teen with autism is believed to be missing in New York City.

19-year-old Michael Karwan of Marlboro, New Jersey was believed to have been seen at the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan by a bus driver on Wednesday.

His family believes Michael is in Midtown because his father works in the area and his favorite comic book store is on 40th St. and Seventh Avenue.

Pix 11 has just obtained the surveillance pictures showing Michael outside a shop right in Freehold a few hours after he left his New Jersey house Tuesday night.

“Everyone is doing whatever they possibly can,” one volunteer told PIX 11.

Congressman Michael Grimm is helping with the search. The former FBI agent organized a sweep of Times Square overnight and friends in Marlboro are dropping off shopping bags full of food and picking up flyers to distribute wherever they can.

“My wife was at bus stop looking around for a couple of hours. Giving out fliers and praying a lot,” one volunteer said.


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