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Autistic man disappears from program at Stuyvesant High School

The New York Daily News - 5/25/2019

May 25-- May 25--An autistic man vanished Friday from a Department of Education program at Manhattan's prestigious Stuyvesant High School, officials said.

Junior Parker, 21, was last seen leaving the Battery Park City school about 8:30 a.m., cops said.

"We need your help to locate JUNIOR PARKER (DOB 04/02/98)," the NYPD School Safety Division tweeted Friday. "He is autistic! He is wearing blue jeans jacket and blue jeans pants. Student travels on a yellow school bus and is not travel trained."

Parker was not enrolled at Stuyvesant but was attending a separate program held there by the Department of Education, police said.

Cops converged on the Chambers St. school about 10:30 a.m. after Parker was reported missing. The NYPD asked for harbor patrol boats to check the shore line near the school.

The exhaustive search was similar to one conducted after autistic teen Avonte Oquendo disappeared on Oct. 4, 2013 from the Riverview School in Long Island City, along the East River waterfront. His remains were recovered on a beach in College Point the following January.

Parker is described as black with a slender build and short hair. He was last seen wearing a blue denim jacket, blue jeans and sneakers, and he walks with a limp, officials said.

Anyone with information on Parker's whereabouts is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are kept confidential.

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