Dear Editor,

I just wanted to take some time out to thank the people of New York and beyond for coming out and supporting our cause.

We are in the fourth week of the search for Avonte, and although it’s been a rough time, you have made our hearts stronger and our will impenetrable. Because of your strength and determination, it has made the task at hand manageable to a certain extent.

The Police Department, detectives and, most of all, the volunteers deserve as much, if not more, praise for the way they have made our family an extension of their life. We admire with awe the response we have received. Thanks to you all, the search continues, and we will bring Avonte home. Thanks and much love, peace.

Sincerely,

Daniel Oquendo, father of Avonte, 14-year-old missing autistic teen