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WABC: Police Commissioner "Not Hopeful" Of Finding Missing Queens Teen

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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says he's losing hope in the search for Avonte Oquendo.

The 14-year-old boy, who is autistic, has been missing since running out of his school in Long island City on October 4.

Kelly shared his opinion with WABC Thursday night.

"Obviously, we have devoted a tremendous amount of resources to the search," he said. "We're continuing to put information out. We're talking to jurisdictions, certainly in the Northeast quadrant of the United States. So we're, unfortunately, we are not hopeful that we're going to find this young man alive, but we are continuing our search."

Avonte's father, Daniel Oquendo, is not giving up hope.

"Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. You know what they say about opinions. I have no problem with that. That's cool. It's not going to slow us down," Daniel Oquendo said. "We're going to continue our search, so we have no problem with whatever anybody has to say or, you know, we're going to do our thing."

Avonte cannot speak or take care of himself.

There is a $90,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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