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Avonte Oquendo search enter 8th week

Friday, November 22, 2013
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Images 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. (AP Photo/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

It's now been seven weeks since the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who was last seen running out of his school in Long Island City, Queens, on October 4.

Still, his family is standing by its vow to find him.

Crews will be out again Friday to continue looking for him.

Since the search began, police say they've received hundreds of tips from the public and reviewed hundreds of videos for any clues.

In response to his disappearance, New York City school officials plan enhanced security training for staff members.

"It's tough, it's just a tough situation right now," dad Daniel Oquendo said. "But we're hoping for the best."

The reward for information leading to his safe return is up to $95,000.

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