Prayer vigil held for missing NYC autistic boy as reward grows to $90G

  • 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)

  • 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 family of an autistic boy missing more than three weeks asked for his safe return at a prayer vigil.

Avonte Oquendo was last seen on Oct. 4 walking out of a school in Queens.

At the prayer vigil Sunday night, his family asked that the public continue to look for their 14-year-old son.

The Rev. Phil Craig thanked the NYPD for continuing to search for the boy.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday that 80 detectives assigned to the case were reviewing 196 pieces of video and following up on more than 450 leads.

The reward for Avonte's safe return is up to nearly $90,000. Police ask anyone with information to call the police TIPS hot line.