UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the boy in the photo is not Avonte Oquendo. The NYPD to the New York Daily News that the boy was "taken to a precinct, he was with his mother and it’s confirmed he was not Avonte."
The New York Daily News reports that Avonte Oquendo, the autistic teenager who went missing from his Queens school on Oct. 4, may have been seen on the New York City subway.
According to the Daily News, a 13-year-old traveling on the E and F line Tuesday took a picture of a boy bearing a striking resemblance to the 14-year-old Oquendo. He reportedly approached the boy and asked "Hey, are you Avonte?" says Brooklyn East National Action Network chapter president Tony Herbert.
Herbert says the boy did not answer, and that the anonymous youth departed the train after taking a picture of the boy. After the image made its way to Facebook, an administrator from the boy's school reached out to authorities.
This latest development comes mere days after NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said he was "not hopeful" that Oquendo was still alive. His comments drew understandable fury from Oquendo's family; Kelly would later apologize.
Oquendo's father, Daniel Oquendo, told the Daily News the boy in the picture resembled his son. "Yes, it’s a close likeness," he said. "We need to get a better look to really tell. If we could find the individual who took the picture, that would help big time."
Anyone with information about Oquendo's whereabouts is being asked to call 911, or the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hot line at 1-800-577-TIPS.
[via New York Daily News]