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UPDATE: Photo not of missing autistic boy

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The NYPD says they have found the person in a photo taken on a subway train and it is not Avonte Oquendo. The autistic teen has been missing since Oct. 4.

A 13-year-old boy snapped the picture on Tuesday and later posted it on his Facebook page.

The person in the photo resembled Oquendo, who was last seen walking out of his Queens school, enough that police released it to the public.

The photo shows the look-a-like sitting and looking straight ahead. He's wearing a beige jacket and green khaki pants.

Avonte's family remains hopeful their son will be found.

“We are hoping someone is holding him and taking care of him. Our prayers are going in that direction, “ said Daniel Oquendo, Avonte’s father.

A $95,000 reward is offered for information that leads to the safe return of the missing boy.

If you spot Avonte, you're encouraged to call police or 911 immediately.

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