NEW YORK (AP) — Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the school safety officer who last saw a missing boy with autism told the boy to return upstairs and did not act inappropriately.
The boy, Avonte Oquendo (ah-VAHN'-tay oh-KEHN'-doh), left the front door where the safety officer was stationed, and went down the hallway and out the building through a side door 11 days ago. He has not been seen since.
Kelly said Wednesday the officer was not suspected of misconduct.
Meanwhile, the NYPD has expanded its search beyond New York City. Kelly says Avonte was fascinated with trains and may have taken one to New Jersey or beyond.
A $70,000 reward is being offered for information about his whereabouts.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.