Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing in Queens last Friday.
Avonte Oquendo, of Rego Park, was last seen leaving Center Boulevard School in Long Island City about 12:40 p.m. on Oct. 4, police said. He is seen on surveillance video running from the school.
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Oquendo's family has been pleading for the public's help in finding their son, who is unable to communicate verbally.
He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5-foot-3 and about 125 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then entering TIP577.