NYC police: Photo of subway train rider is not that of autistic boy missing for nearly a month

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 10:10 AM
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In this Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 photo, a flyer showing Avonte Oquendo, a missing 14-year-old autistic boy, is taped inside the window of a subway car in New York. New York City police are asking the public to come forward with any possible information about Oquendo, who wandered out of his school in Queens on Oct. 4 and has not been seen since. Hundreds of officers have been searching for the teen, who does not speak. His parents say he loves trains.

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NEW YORK — New York City police have determined that a photo of a boy riding a subway train is not that of an autistic boy missing for nearly a month.

A 13-year-old snapped the picture Tuesday and later posted it on his Facebook page.

Authorities said Thursday that the boy shown in the photo went with his mother to see police.

The boy resembles 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo (ah-VAHN'-tay oh-KEHN'-doh), who was last seen on Oct. 4 walking out of his Queens school.

The teen who took the photo approached the boy and asked if he was Avonte. But the boy didn't respond.

Avonte's parents had said they couldn't be sure that the photo showed their son.

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