Plane carrying banner to help find Avonte Oquendo flies over Queens, Manhattan

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A plane with a banner reading “Bring Avonte Oquendo Home 1-800-577-TIPS”  flew over Queens and Manhattan Sunday in an effort to help find the autistic teen who has been missing since early October.

A volunteer pilot flew the banner over the two boroughs for an hour yesterday afternoon, according to the Bring Avonte Home Facebook page.

Avonte, 14, was last seen at the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. on Friday, October 4. There have been conflicting reports on how the Rego Park teen, who cannot verbally communicate and is supposed to be supervised at all times, managed to leave the school, according to the family’s attorney, David Perecman.

A $95,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his safe return.

Avonte was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5’3” tall and weighs 125 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

-With additional reporting by Angy Altamirano



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