Search continues for missing autistic boy now in its second week.


Avonte Oquendo

Avonte Oquendo

Fourteen year old Avonte Oquendo of Queens, New York remains missing despite increase efforts to locate his whereabouts.

The $5,000 reward offered by a local law firm, Mayerson & Associates, for his safe return has been doubled to $10,000.

His brother Daniel Oquendo, Jr., said

“I know they’re going through hours and hours of surveillance, so we’re just waiting to see if they get anything from that,”  But in the meantime, we’re just going to try what we can and search, search everywhere.”

The Oquendo family filed a claim Wednesday to sue the city and school district, alleging Center Boulevard School in Long Island City did not do enough to prevent him from running off campus.

Anyone with information was asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

Oquendo is 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

Autism Daily Newscast has reported the ongoing concern over the number of autistic children who go wandering, lost or missing.  A recent study conducted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute has shown how much more common it is for children with autism to wander compared to children without.