PIERCEFIELD — The search for 18-year-old Collin Gillis who was reported missing by his mother Sunday continues.
Tuesday morning more than 300 volunteers showed up to assist in the search. According to DEC spokesman David Winchell, as of 8:30 a.m., 120 volunteers had been organized and given search assignments. The volume of volunteers allowed the DEC to complete searches of lands within a one mile radius from the point where Gillis had last been sighted. According to Winchell approximately 2,000 acres of land were searched by volunteers and DEC Forest Rangers over the past two days.
Seventeen Forest Rangers were assisted by members of the New York State Police, Tupper Lake Police Department, Tupper Lake Fire Department, Piercefield Fire Department, members of the Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks and other volunteers. Several State Police K9 units and a DEC Air Boat are taking part in the search.
A State Police helicopter was able to join the search later in the day Tuesday once the weather cleared.
Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff said having 200 volunteers the first day and more than 300 Tuesday allowed the DEC and police to search a large area in a short amount of time.
Winchell said it is commendable to see the support and concern from the Tupper Lake community, and lauded the volunteers who stepped forward to help search.
DEC officials are asking for much fewer volunteers tomorrow. Winchell said they are asking for only those with search experience and proper footwear, clothing and appropriate gear.
Winchell said the DEC does not want to risk having a volunteer suffer an injury while searching for Gillis. The search on Wednesday will concentrate on more technical areas along water and other hard to reach locations.
Tomorrow, the search will include the waters of Raquette Pond, Piercefield Flow and the Raquette River.
Gillis continues to be considered a missing person by New York State Police.
Anyone with more information about his whereabouts should contact Ray Brook Police at 897-2000.