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(AURN) -- In an appeal for more public help in the search for a missing autistic teenager in New York, the family of Avonte Oquendo, were present during the National Action Network's weekly rally Saturday.
The rally, led by the Rev. Al Sharpton who issued a community alert for Avonte; and National Action Network members pledged to canvass the city in search of the boy.
Avonte’s father appeared on Sharpton’s radio show Saturday morning saying, “Everybody – take the time out to look – five minutes. Come out your house, back around the block. Be aware of your surroundings,” said Avonte’s father, Daniel Oquendo. “When you’re going to work – walking to the train – just keep your eyes open.”
On Saturday night search parties fanned out across all seven quadrants of Central Park, the 15th night of searching for the missing teen.
Avonte Oquendo was last seen leaving his school in the Long Island City section of Queens. He was wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. He is 5 foot 3 inches tall, weighs 125 pounds. Police are asking anyone with information to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com. There is a $70,000 reward for Avonte’s safe return.
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