UPDATE: 1/17/14 – Remains found on the shore of the East River may prove to be Avonte’s. Police are now stating they had a report that he was seen running from a dog, which is one of his fears and now they believe he may have run from that dog and fell into the East River and drowned. Avonte was also scared of water.
A young woman that called the police when she saws the remains is now being visited by the police where word got out she allegedly took photos of the remains and then posted them on Facebook. The young woman denies that happened and says she just wants to be left alone.
Avonte Oquendo, 14, an autistic boy from New York was last seen at the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City on October 4, 2013.
On Friday, authorities are using a recording of Avonte’s mom, in hopes that he will hear it and come out. At this time, no one is sure if Avonte is hiding or if he was taken.
The authorities and volunteers have searched continuously for Avonte, focusing most of it to the subway and train station as Avonte is drawn to them.
Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte’s mother told CNN that she believed he is still alive and someone may be holding him.
Avonte’s parents have stated they are suing the school for $25 million, but Commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke with the safety officer at the school who stopped Avonte at the front door and told him to go back upstairs, and found it was handled correctly. Avonte, instead went down a hallway and out through a side door.
Avonte has gone missing several times before and has been located and brought back home in a couple of days.
Texas Equusearch arrived on Friday to help in the search for Avonte.
On Friday, Danny Oquendo, posted a message on Avonte’s Facebook page.
On behalf of my family I would love to thank all of you for the tremendous amount of support you have shown us. You have given us the strength to persevere through these tough times. Thank you for the link sharing, reposting, retweets, flyer distribution, donations, and searching. Together we WILL #FindAvonte
The reward is $77,500 for information about his whereabouts.
Avonte does not speak and is 5’3″ tall and 125 pounds. He was wearing a striped shirt as seen in the photo and black jeans and black shoes.
IF you have any information, please contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-477-TIPS.