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NYPD Clears School Safety Officer of Wrongdoing in Autistic Boy Case

by Associated Press

    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 the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens, around 12:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 4, 2013. The family of a 14-year-old autistic boy who cannot speak says he has been missing since Friday. Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (AP Photo)
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NEW YORK— New York's police commissioner says the school safety officer who was the last person to see an autistic boy before he disappeared 11 days go did nothing wrong.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday the officer encountered Avonte Oquendo,14, at the front door of the Riverside School in Queens and told him to go back upstairs. But he went down the hallway and out through a side door.

He hasn't been seen since. His parents say they are suing the school.

Police have said Avonte was fascinated with trains. Officers searched all subway stations and tunnels and are working with authorities in New Jersey and Long Island in case Avonte got aboard a train leaving the city.

A $70,000 reward is being offered for information on the boy's whereabouts.

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