Patty, Lyndon and John Gillis talk to reporters at the Piercefield Highway department March 14.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
The family of a missing Tupper Lake teenager just wants him to come home.
Parents John and Patty Gillis, along with son Lyndon, spoke with reporters assembled at the Piercefield Highway Department March 14, headquarters in the search for 18-year old Colin Gillis.
“Collin, if you are out there, no one is going to be mad at you. Please get in touch and let us know that you are okay,” John said.
“Reach out to us and let us know that you're okay,” Patty added. “The bottom line is, we want you to come home.”
“I got the call Sunday afternoon, and I was here as soon as I could get here,” Lyndon said. “I was in the woods that evening and stayed there looking for him into Monday.”
Mr. Gillis said that the last time he and Patty had seen their son was around 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening, when he left to go to a party.
“Patty and I had just had dinner with him,” he said. “He was pumped up about seeing his friends and joking about how this was the 2012 reunion. It was normal for him to go out and see friends. We were laughing and having a good time, like we always do with Collin.”
The family also took the chance to thank the Department of Environmental Conservation, State Police and local fire departments and volunteers for their work in searching for their son.
“We don’t know where he is, but we know where he is not thanks to the incredible support from the people of this area,” John said. “There were 404 volunteers here yesterday and they have all been searching hard to find him. We are just riding the wave of this support.”
“That’s the real question; where is he,” Lyndon said. “Being out with the search crews has been amazing. The town support has been exceptional and everyone has the same goal - to find Collin. The people here are what is helping us through this.”