(Jen Chung) Avonte Oquendo has been missing for two weeks. The last time anyone saw the 14-year-old boy was when he was at his school in Queens—a surveillance video shows him leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51 Avenue on Friday, October 4th. Now, the NYPD has released an image of the exact shirt that Avonte was wearing, in hopes it'll help spark someone in the public to notice or remember something.
Avonte has autism and cannot communicate verbally. The previous three times he went missing, he was found in the subway system, sometimes on the tracks, which has prompted the MTA to ask all subway workers to help search for him last week. The MTA also is making announcements on subways, asking riders to notify the NYPD if they seeing or know anything.
The NYPD says it put Avonte in the Operation Sentry Network, which Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says "consists of 140 law enforcement agencies in the northeast quadrant of the country." The police are also employing an "infrared camera that can detect body heat in the event the boy was hiding where he couldn't be seen," according to NBC New York. (Children with autism sometimes prefer to burrow.) Cops are also using loudspeakers with a message from Avonte's mother, asking him to come home.
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