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September 21, 2013

Police seek help in Gillis search

TUPPER LAKE — Police renewed their call for help finding a missing Tupper Lake teen.

Colin Gillis has been missing for 18 months. Though the case remains unsolved, State Police and Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers have remained vigilant in tracking down any leads.

And with hunting season about to begin, State Police are asking sportsmen and women to be wary of any possible sign of the missing young man.

Colin was last seen at about 2 a.m. on March 11, 2012. He had left a party in Tupper Lake and was walking along State Route 3, heading toward Piercefield in Franklin County. 

His family reported him missing that day.

A few of his personal items were found near the town line, not far from Setting Pole Dam Road on Piercefield Flow.

An intensive search continued for much of the spring last year, with hundreds of volunteers helping in a formal grid search organized by forest rangers, then with organized community search parties tracking area covered on a map. 

Waters around the dam and up and downriver were searched by boat and underwater cameras.

But no other sign of the young man was found.

At 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, Colin has blonde hair and blue eyes. he was wearing a white t-shirt with black stripes, blue jeans and red sneakers that night, and he had a red and black down jacket.

Police are asking for help in solving the missing person case, reminding hunters to be observant for anything unusual or out of the ordinary while they are in the woods.

Anyone with information about this ongoing case can contact State Police in Ray Brook at (518) 897-2000. 

Anyone with information pertaining to Colin’s disappearance can contact the New York State Police at (518) 897-2000.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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