Piercefield Day four of the search for Colin Gillis has found no new signs of the 18-year old in the area surrounding his last known location, despite hundreds of volunteers, DEC Forest Rangers and State Police.
The Rangers and State Police will continue the search through the weekend. Regional Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff said the search parties consisted of 120 volunteers, 25 Rangers, a DEC Airboat, 25 New York State personnel, including an Aviation unit with a helicopter, dive teams and K-9 units brought in from Syracuse.
The Piercefield Fire Department, Cranberry Lake EMS, Star Lake EMS, Search and Rescue of Northern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley K-9 also searched today.
DEC and State police are requesting for no more volunteers to aide in search efforts tomorrow, as there are only a few very small areas left to search.
“For the most part we’ve concluded our land based search in the mile radius from Collins last known point,” Streiff said. “We’re becoming more and more technical as far as aviation support fly-overs and we’re now expecting help from Fort Drum as far as helicopters to help fly over the Raquette River and support from State Police Aviation. We continue to utilize state police under water cameras and divers in certain sections of the river, but it has not lead to any leads at this point.”
Investigators are looking into allegations that on the night of Gillis’ disappearance, he may have been involved in an altercation at the party where he was last seen.
“We’re taking different investigative steps and one of the things were trying to do is construct a time line of events from that night,” NYSP Capt. John Tibbits said. “The folks that were at the party have been very cooperative and a lot of instances they have given us a lot of leads that we have followed up on.”