Psychics help search for missing mute autistic boy who vanished a week ago after walking out of school

  • Avonte Oquendo, 14, went missing from his school in Queens, New York City at lunchtime last Friday
  • The boy is autistic and cannot verbally communicate
  • Police are following up all leads including tips from psychics
  • One psychic led police to Tompkins Square Park - but they found no sign of the boy

By Alex Greig

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Police have called on the help of psychics to help find a mute autistic boy who has been missing for a week.

Avonte Oquendo, 14, went missing from the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City in the Queens borough of New York City last Friday.

According to reports, more than one clairvoyant is working to find the teen, who has a mental age of about seven and can't verbally communicate.

Missing: Avonte Oquendo was last seen on a school surveillance video leaving the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens, around 12:45pm Friday October 4

Missing: Avonte Oquendo was last seen on a school surveillance video leaving the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens around 12:45pm last Friday

'All leads are investigated when it involves missing children and some of those leads come from speaking to psychics,' a source told the New York Daily News.

One psychic tip sent police to a subway tunnel near Tompkins Square Park, but they found no sign of Avonte Oquendo.

Hope: The Oquendo family are still hopeful that the missing teen will show up

Hope: The Oquendo family are still hopeful that the missing teen will show up

Police are paying special attention to trains, subway tunnels and train yards, because the non-verbal teen has a fascination with railways.

The Oquendo family is furious that the boy was allowed to leave the school by himself.

Surveillance footage taken at 12:40pm last Friday shows Avonte Oquendo running through the school corridors towards the doors.

More footage outside the school shows him walking away by himself.

The Oquendos have filed a claim to sue the city and the school district for failing to supervise Avonte.

'We only get a few hours of sleep every day, our mom can't stop crying, we can't eat,' Danny Oquendo, Avonte's older brother, told HuffPost.

The teen’s mother Vanessa Fontaine spoke about her hopes for her son yesterday to NBC.

'I’m just hoping he’s okay. He finds some shelter from the rain. He’s not sick. He’s not passed out from not eating. It’s been days and days and days,' Fontaine said.

She said she can't watch the security footage of her son leaving the school.

'I can’t watch it. I can’t see him run off like that and nobody’s running behind him to say, "Hey kid, come back here." There’s no one,' Fontaine said.

According to the boy's grandmother Doris McCoy, a security guard questioned Avonte about where he was going as he made his way out of the school on Friday.

Runaway: CCTV footage shows Avonte Oquendo running through the corridors of his school towards the entrance

Runaway: CCTV footage shows Avonte Oquendo running through the corridors of his school towards the entrance

Escape: Once he got outside, Avonte ran down the street and out of sight and hasn't been seen since

Escape: Once he got outside, Avonte Oquendo ran down the street out of sight and hasn't been seen since

When he didn't respond, she allowed him to leave without any further inquiry.

The family's attorney, David Perecman also said it took the school too long to notify the boy’s mother about his disappearance.

'The school had ordered a lockdown and was looking for the child in the school for an hour before they even let mom know,' he said.

Perecman told the New York Daily News that the teen may have been able to slip out of school while 'a fight in the cafeteria distracted adults supervising him.'

Clues: Police have followed up many leads, including a psychic's tip about Tompkins Square Park, but none have turned up any sign of Avonte yet

Clues: Police have followed up many leads, including a psychic's tip about Tompkins Square Park, but none have turned up any sign of the mute teen yet

Thanks to an anonymous donation, autism advocacy organization Autism Speaks is now offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to Avonte being found.

A candlelit vigil will be held Friday night outside of Avonte Oquendo's Long Island City school.

Avonte Oquendo is described as being five-feet three-inches tall and weighing 125lb with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans, and black sneakers.

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Poor boy. Praying he will be found safe and sound.

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May he be found soon. Please let him be safe Lord.

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I just hope the young man is found safe and sound.

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I have two autistic children and I have been in this situation though happily my daughter only 'escaped' for a short time. I hope he is ok but more to the point I hope they cause the school district to suffer financially if God forbid anything happens. The parents have no choice but to send the boy to school and the school can't deal with him effectively. They really are not set up to do it and don't have the funding or personnel. Everyone is between a rock and a hard place with these kids.

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I always wondered if Elizabeth Smart's father had consulted a psychic. He was so certain she was alive during the time she went missing. Also, although they claimed her younger sister "remembered' that the kidnapper looked like someone who did work on the house, it seems strange that that information came out much later -- and shortly before the abductors were apprehended.

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Call Allison Dubois !!! Lol Hope they find him soon

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Lthis is serious, may he be found safely

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So they used psychics and couldn't find the boy - proves what a waste of time "psychics" are then!! I hope they find the boy soon.

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Poor child.....

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Why wasn't this child in a more secure situation at school? If he was prone to wandering then he should have been assigned a 1:1 Aide..but, oh, yes...budget cuts probably took that away . Sometimes it's almost as if the school is expected to do everything with no resources. But then the school is the first to catch the blame Hopefully he will be found and some safeguards can be put in place so this sort of thing can't happen again.

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When and if a psychic finds him, it's appropriate to headline their involvement, otherwise you should just report his case so that locals can help in the search. My thoughts are with his family. .

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