“They ride that emotional roller coaster, and we don’t have to do that. It’s a real blessing.”
The Tupper Lake community has remained close and supportive through seven months of not knowing what happened to the young man.
Fundraisers, including a Comics for Colin show in June, continue to raise awareness and financial resources for search options.
A Facebook page remains in place, allowing people to check in and post thoughts.
One concerned friend, Kim Ratelle, summed it up with a post that said: “It is a sad time in the TRI-LAKES when one of our children walks out the door ... and does not return. It is a happy time to see the people of these communities pull together and spend unselfish time to help and support the family of the lost child. Until the lost loved ones are found, we, as a community can’t stop caring and must continue to help out in any way possible!”
‘VERY ACTIVE CASE’
Mr. Gillis said their family, including his wife, Patty, and Colin’s two brothers, are keeping on.
“You come to realize there’s a lot of stuff you don’t control. I think we’re doing okay,” he told the Press-Republican.
“Community support has been unbelievable.”
“It’s a very active case,” State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. John Tibbitts said in a recent interview.
There are a dearth of leads, however.
Various scenarios of when might have happened to Colin have circulated as rumor, and if stories have been put out there, he said, “we have heard them, and we’re looking into them.”
He encouraged anyone with any information at all to contact State Police.
“Even if they don’t think it’s important, it may be something we don’t know.”