March 11, 2013

Colin Gillis missing for one year

TUPPER LAKE — It has been one year since Colin Gillis disappeared after a party at a private home on Paskungameh Road.

The 18-year-old college student was on spring break from the College at Brockport.

March 4 was his 19th birthday.


A pre-med student, Colin was last seen walking along State Route 3 at about 1:45 a.m. March 11 last year. 

His cellphone logged a call at 1:30 a.m., according to State Police.

He was reported missing by his family the next day, and forest rangers with the State Department of Environmental Conservation and State Police mounted a vigorous two-week search that drew hundreds of volunteers — that later grew to more than 1,000 — with countless hours logged searching in knee-deep snow.

Teams worked an intensive grid, walking step by step, covering miles of backwoods terrain as rangers and police used air boats and high-tech radar equipment to peer into the waters of the Raquette River and Piercefield Flow.

No trace of the missing teen was found, other than his driver’s permit, which was recovered near Setting Pole Dam Road near State Route 3.

State Police investigators reported that there was some alcohol at the party.

Colin left on foot and was seen walking south, toward Piercefield.


His disappearance has so far confounded State Police investigators, who have an active and open file on the case.

Rob Gillis, who is Colin’s uncle and the brother of John Gillis, Colin’s father, said one year marks a very difficult time and that immediate family have asked for privacy.

No new breaks have opened in the search for Colin, Rob told the Press-Republican.

“There is no new information, not to our knowledge, no. Only that when I talked to the BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) investigator, he says the information about Colin has never stopped.

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