Avonte Oquendo: Missing Autistic Boy Found In Harlem [Update: He's Still Missing]
Missing Queens boy Avonte Oquendo, 14, was found in Harlem after he disappeared Friday.
Oquendo, who has autism, is non-verbal and could not communicate with others, according to his mother. Police were searching subway tunnels and local hospitals Monday night after he didn’t appear over the weekend.
Oquendo was last seen leaving Center Boulevard School around 12:30 p.m., it is unclear why he was able to walk out of the school alone.
He is reportedly in good condition and was found inside a CVS store on 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, according to a source.
This is a developing story and will be updated, tune in to the PIX11 News at 5 for a full report.
The family of a missing autistic boy was crushed Wednesday, after police thought they had found the boy and told the family so – but later announced they had actually found a different missing child.
As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, Avonte Oquendo, 14, has been missing since Friday when he vanished from his school. The search for Oquendo has now resumed.
Around 3:25 p.m., the teen’s older brother and several others involved in the search were told by police that Oquendo had been found alive in East Harlem. Police also announced to the news media that Oquendo had been found.
But the family’s celebration was short-lived, because the boy police found was not Oquendo. His father made a desperate plea.
“You know, do your best,” “If you see him, snatch him up. Let somebody know, and try to hold him,” Oquendo’s father said.