Colin W. Gillis, 18, of Tupper Lake is considered a missing person. Anyone with more information about his whereabouts should contact Ray Brook Police at 897-2000.
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It has been three months since Colin Gillis, an 18-year-old premed student on spring break from SUNY Brockport, was reported missing after leaving a social gathering with friends on March 11. He was last seen walking along Route 3 near the Franklin/St. Lawrence County line around 1 a.m.
According to New York State Police Investigator Sean Finn, the search for Gillis has remained active over the last few months with continued ground searches by the forest rangers.
“We have not stopped and we’re going to continue to search for Colin,” Finn said.
The police have been actively following any lead submitted to the department about the possible whereabouts of Gillis. Investigators have not found any sign of Gillis, with the exception of of a few personal items located March 12 along State Route 3.
Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers have performed land, water and air searches throughout specific areas in the Piercefield near Sevey Corners.
“We’ve covered all trailheads and the rangers have performed extensive searches of the location he was last seen,” Finn said.
Police have also been investigating any rumors leads submitted from local residents.
“Every rumor and every piece of town gossip we have looked into and small pieces of gossip and rumors have been disproven by talking to witnesses and others who were there,” Finn said.
At this time, investigators do not need volunteers to aide the search effort.
“Without new information, rangers can cover and well document all areas they search,” Finn said. “At this time, there is no need for a large scale search,” Finn said.
For weeks after his disappearance, over 200 area volunteers, forest rangers, State Police, local emergency response agencies and search and rescue teams searched more than 2,000 acres of land, miles of the Raquette River and both Raquette Pond and Piercefield Flow.
Ten days after Gillis went missing, the search was downgraded to limited continuous status.
The family has offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to Colin’s whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ray Brook Police at 897-2000.