LONG ISLAND CITY - The family of Avonte Oquendo gathered in Long Island City today in response to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's remarks that it's "unlikely" the missing 14-year-old autistic boy will be found alive.

"My son is still out there and I want everyone to continue to help me search for my son," said Avonte's mother.

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On Friday, Kelly said police aren't giving up, and they still have 48 leads being investigated.

The boy, who can't communicate verbally, went missing three weeks ago from his Long Island City school.

Despite Commissioner Kelly's remarks, Avonte's parents says they're keeping hope alive, and will continue their all-out search until their son is found.

Anyone with information on the teenager's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. An $85,000 reward is being offered for his safe return.