Dad of missing NYC autistic boy: More help needed
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 Sr. adds: "We need to step it up."
Avonte Oquendo walked out of his school in Queens on Oct. 4 and has not been seen since.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says more than 100 officers are involved in the search. They've followed up on about 35 tips so far.
The boy's mother has filed a notice of claim to sue New York City over Avonte's disappearance. Vanessa Fontaine's claim charges that officials at Avonte's school failed to supervise him properly.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says "our heart goes out to the family."