Could the obsession over Banksy help find Avonte Oquendo? That's what one man is hoping, and on Oct. 15 the Village Voice shared the details as the search continues for the missing Queens autistic teen.
Banksy is a graffiti artist who has had New Yorkers racing for the past couple of weeks looking for his works. Many other New Yorkers have also been racing around the area looking for a missing teen named Avonte Oquendo. Now one man hopes the two efforts can mingle and make an impact. The effort was caught on YouTube, and many think this anonymous man has a great idea.
Avonte Oquendo was last seen Oct. 4 when he ran from his Long Island City school. Sadly he has not been seen since. His family is searching for him around the clock, yet so far there has been no solid sign as to where he might be. Oquendo is 14, yet due to his special needs he is psychologically much younger. He is a black male who is 5'3” tall and weighs 125 pounds. Avonte has autism and he is non-verbal. He was last seen wearing a grey-striped shirt, black pants and black shoes.
Oquendo could be just about anywhere by now, making the search all the more difficult. He loves trains and subways, and he tends to be afraid of strangers. There is a reward available that could be worth as much as $70,000. Anybody who thinks they may have seen Avonte Oquendo is encouraged to call 911 or NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
Though fliers with Avonte's information are plastered in many places throughout NYC, a look at the Banksy video definitely gives the impression that there is still al lot of work to be done in terms of spreading the word about the missing boy. He has been missing for 11 days now. The more people can spread the word, the better the chance this boy can be reunited with his family.