New York’s Police Commissioner Apologizes to Avonte’s Dad

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Ray Kelly

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly paid a visit Saturday to the father of Avonte Oquendo and expressed regret for saying he feared the missing 14-year-old autistic boy was dead.
“He was very nice to me,’’ Daniel Oquendo told The Post. “He apologized.’’
Kelly assured the family the search would continue for Avonte, who walked out of his Long Island City, Queens, school more than three weeks ago and hasn’t been seen since.

On Thursday, Kelly told WABC/Channel 7: “Unfortunately, we are not hopeful that we’re going to find this young man alive, but we are continuing our search.’’
The pessimistic comment infuriated the boy’s family, prompting the commissioner’s visit.

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  • Amy Conton

    What Kelly really wanted to say was that he’s considering scaling down police involvement in the search and his innappropriate, insensitive comment was a way to get public feedback on that prospect.