The search continues for 14 year old Trevyan Rowe, the Rochester boy with autism who has been missing since he was last seen getting off a school bus early Thursday morning on South Avenue near School 12.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Deputy Chief Mark Simmons (who is Acting Chief since Chief Michael Ciminelli is out of town), briefed reporters Saturday night on the search efforts.
Both Simmons and Warren thanked the hundreds of volunteers who have been turning out to help look for Trevyan, and indicated authorities wouldn’t have been able to cover the amount of ground that was searched without that help.
The mayor thanked the Al Sigl Center, AutismUp, the Mary Cariola Children’s Center and other organizations who have been helping out as well as restaurants and other businesses donating food and other items.
Warren said that, “as a mom, these last few days have been very hard,” and she praised what she called “a great community, a loving community,” and said officials are doing everything they can to bring Trevyan home safely.
But Warren also said authorities are well aware that with the weather conditions, the teen’s chances diminish if he is not in a safe, dry, warm location.
She asked every resident in the city to check around their property including basements, garages and cars to look for the teen. A 911 automated ‘hyper-reach’ call went out to some city residents Saturday night asking them to keep an eye out for Trevyan.
Warren says authorities are following up on several credible tips.
The Al Sigl Center will be open again on Sunday, from Noon to 3:00 p.m., to be a resource center for the search efforts. Police ask that only adults volunteer for the search.
An RPD SCUBA team will assess weather and current conditions to see if they can search parts of the Genesee River. A couple of ponds were searched in recent days as well.
Also on Sunday, police said volunteers were assigned to distribute flyers of Trevyan Rowe to residents and businesses in the city, where there is a high volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Rowe is African American, 14-years-old, and is 5-foot-6 and 140 lbs. He was last seen on March 8 wearing a black jacket with fur on the hood, dark jeans and red sneakers. Residents with any information are asked to call 911.