A 14-year-old Autistic boy who went missing from his Queens, NY school may have drowned after running from a dog, the NY Post reports. Avonte Oquendo disappeared on Oct. 4 after walking away from the Riverview School in Long Island City. He was seen running from a dog in Hunter’s Point South Park, a short distance from his school. Police believe Avonte may have fallen into the East River after running from a dog. Avonte’s family said the mute boy was petrified of dogs and water.
A photo of a boy riding a NY subway train who was thought to be missing 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo has been identified. NYPD officers located the boy in the photo and determined he was not the missing autistic child who vanished after he walked out of his Queens, NY high school on Oct. 4.
“It was not Avonte. This person whose photo it was was in the precinct with his parents,” a police spokeswoman told the Daily News.
The photo, taken by an unidentified teenager on Tuesday, lifted hopes that Avonte was alive, but Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he was “not hopeful” Avonte was still alive. Kelly later apologized to Avonte’s enraged family.
New York City police are investigating whether a sighting of a young boy riding a NY subway train is a missing autistic teen.
A teenager riding an E or F train on Tuesday told police he believed he saw 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who went missing one month ago from his school in Queens, NY.
The teen said he approached the boy and asked him, “Hey, are you Avonte?” But the boy did not respond. The unidentified teen had the presence of mind to snap a photo of the boy before he got off the train.
When shown the photo of the boy on the train, Avonte’s father said he wasn’t sure if the boy was Avonte, who is unable to speak.
A man walking his dog in the Nevada desert found the body of 10-year-old Jade Morris, who went missing after her babysitter was arrested for slashing a casino dealer last Friday. Jade’s body was found Thursday near an unfinished housing development in the northern portion of the Las Vegas Valley, the Huffington Post reports.
Family members visually identified the girl’s body Thursday afternoon.
“We are heartbroken today. It has been confirmed by family members that the body of … Jade Morris has been found. We pray for her family,” Natalie Wilson told The Huffington Post.
Wilson said the family wasn’t told the cause of death.
Blogger Nicola C. Mitchell writes that her 10-year-old god-daughter Jade Morris is missing under unusual circumstances, and the Nevada police refuse to investigate:
Good Morning Las Vegas. My 10 year old God-Daughter Jade Morris is missing. On Friday afternoon her step mother Brenda Jean Stokes picked her up and was arrested yesterday at the Bellagio Hotel after stabbing her co-worker. Now Brenda denies ever picking up Jade and no one has seen her. PLEASE SHARE THIS PICTURE ON ALL OF YOUR PAGES! PLEASE. If you have seen this baby, please DM me, email me at email@example.com, and or contact the Clark County police department missing persons at (702) 828-2907.
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A 2-year-old girl abducted from New Birth Missionary Baptist church this morning has been found safe, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Myrai Robinson was found safe inside a van around 1 p.m. at Lithonia high school, not far from the church. The van was reported stolen from the fitness center at New Birth Missionary Baptist in the 6400 block of Woodrow Road, the AJC reports.
The girl’s caregiver had driven to the fitness center at New Birth and went inside for a few minutes, according to the AJC. The caregiver left the keys in the van but the van’s engine was not running.
When she returned at about 9:30 a.m. the child and the van, a 2010 Dodge Caravan, were missing, police said.
It is not clear if the suspect who stole the van is a student at Lithonia high school.
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