Avonte Oquendo is a young boy with autism who has been missing since Friday. Oquendo was last seen running out of his school, the Center Boulevard School, in Long Island City, N.Y. His family has been desperately searching for him since then, and there have been no confirmed sightings as of yet. Oquendo is 14-years-old, but is he is non-verbal due to his autism.
CBS New York shared that Avonte Oquendo was seen on the school's security footage running from his school at 12:38 p.m. He was wearing black jeans and a grey-striped shirt. Avonte is 5'3" and weighs 125 pounds. He is a light-skinned black male.
The police have indicated that Oquendo does not have a history of running away. At this time details are scarce regarding what may have prompted him to run, or why he was able to leave the school without anyone intervening. Though he is 14-years-old, due to his special needs Avonte Oquendo has the thought processing of someone significantly younger than his chronilogical age.
Avonte's older brother Danny has started a GoFundMe page to raise some funds to help in the search. He is also providing updates on the search and helping to coordinate volunteer efforts. Anybody who has any information about Avonte Oquendo is encouraged to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.