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NYPD 'not hopeful' missing 14-year-old autistic boy will found alive

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    This image provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows an undated photo of Avonte Oquendo, who was last seen on a school surveillance video leaving a school in Long Island City, Queens, on Oct. 4, 2013. (AP/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

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    Keith Brooks, program director at Citywide Disaster Services, a nonprofit organization in New York that provides emergency communication services via specialized radio programs, told that the truck scoured the Long Island City section of Queens on Wednesday and will again on Thursday in search of Avonte Oquendo. (Courtesy: Citywide Disaster Services)

The search for a missing autistic boy is continuing but the New York City police department says it's not hopeful he'll be found alive.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is asking anyone with any information about Avonte Oquendo to contact the police TIPS hot line. But, WABC-TV reports, Kelly said Thursday that while the search is continuing "we are not hopeful that we're going to find this young man alive."

The 14-year-old has been missing since Oct. 4 when he walked out of his Queens school.

The boy's father, Daniel Oquendo Sr., pleaded with the public Thursday night to continue to keep their eyes open for his son.

The reward for Avonte's safe return is up to nearly $90,000.

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