NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a 14-year-old autistic boy who has been missing for a week in New York City says he appreciates the community's help in searching for the teen.
But Daniel Oquendo (oh-KEHN'-doh) Sr. adds: "We need to step it up."
Avonte (ah-VAHN'-tay) Oquendo walked out of his school in Queens on Oct. 4 and has not been seen since.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says more than a hundred officers are involved in the search. They've followed up on about 35 tips so far.
Family members are staffing a volunteer table across the street from the school in Long Island City.
On Friday, a steady stream of volunteers picked up flyers to distribute in their neighborhoods.