NYPD: Boy in photo not Avonte Oquendo

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LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens (PIX11) – The NYPD has confirmed that a boy photographed on a train Tuesday is not missing teen Avonte Oquendo.

A police spokesperson told the Daily News, “It was not Avonte. This person whose photo it was was in the precinct with his parents. “He was taken to a precinct, he was with his mother and it’s confirmed he was not Avonte.”

The photo was taken Tuesday aboard a Brooklyn-bound F train. The teen who took the photo says he even went over to the boy and asked, “Are you Avonte?” and the boy just stared ahead blankly, not saying anything. 14-year-old Avonte, who has autism, is mute and cannot communicate verbally.
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The photo was taken aboard a Brooklyn-bound F train Tuesday.

Volunteers at the family’s command center in Long Island City say they have never lost hope even though dozens of leads have gone cold. “The hope has always been there,” one volunteer said. “We’re always gonna keep the hope…We’re here and we’re going to find Avonte.”

Avonte has been missing for 27 days. The reward for the teen’s safe return is now at $85,000. If you have any information on Avonte’s whereabouts, please call Crime Stoppers  at 1-800- 577-TIPS.