NYPD: Search for autistic teen Avonte Oqeundo may be scaled back due to lack of leads

The NYPD may soon scale back its search for the 14-year-old autistic boy from Queens who went missing 18 days ago due to a lack

The family of Avonte Oqeundo was told that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is considering changing resources dedicated to the search.

The family of Avonte Oqeundo was told that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is considering changing resources dedicated to the search. (10/22/13)

NEW YORK - The NYPD may soon scale back its search for the 14-year-old autistic boy from Queens who went missing 18 days ago due to a lack of legitimate or credible leads.

The family of Avonte Oqeundo was told that NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is considering changing resources dedicated to the search. The effort has included daily scuba searches across from Center Boulevard School in Long Island City where he was last seen and interviews with virtually all sex offenders in the system for abusing a child under 16 years old.

Oqeundo’s father says he understands the decision and hopes New Yorkers can continue to help in the search effort.

Anyone with information on the teenager’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. An $85,000 reward is being offered for his safe return.

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