A 16-year-old boy who has a “borderline” autism spectrum disorder stormed out of his Kips Bay home on Friday night after an argument with his father and has not been seen since, his family said.
Kyle Hoffmaier’s parents, James and Neva Hoffmaier, proprietors of the law firm Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier in the East Village, are frantic to find Kyle, who at about 11:30 p.m. left home wearing a gray polo shirt, khaki pants, a black leather jacket and blue sneakers.
“I don’t even think he had a hat on,” his mother said.
She thinks Kyle may have fled to the West or East Village.
“He likes animals. If you have a dog, he is going to talk to you (and ask), ‘Can I pet your dog?’” she said. The spat with his dad involved Kyle’s bathing of the family dogs, Oreo and Zeus.
Kyle, a student at NEST+m K-12 public school, has a keen interest in gaming, and although he left his cellphone behind, he might have an iPad mini with him, his mother said.
“He’s very analytic” and literal and may mistakenly believe his family does not want him back, she said, assuring Kyle, “We love you. Please come home. I’m very worried! Please come home!”
The family’s friends have also mobilized a search effort, putting up posters of Kyle on dog runs and lamp posts and blanketing social media with requests for help.
“I’ve put them up in every shelter and emergency room in Queens . . . We’re in the parks. We’ve got to find this kid,” said Eileen Carey, the owner of G & E Electrical Power Corp., who lives in Douglaston, Queens. “He’s adorable. He’s a sweet kid” with tremendous intellect “but no street smarts,” Carey said.
The freezing temperatures have given those who care about him great concern, she added.
Anyone with information about Kyle is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). Information can also be submitted to nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.