Missing and Never Forgotten
March 12, 2012
Search on for missing Tupper Lake teen
KIM SMITH DEDAM
TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Lake teen is missing.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers have mounted a search effort in Piercefield in conjunction with State Police.
Colin W. Gillis, 18, was last seen walking along the southern shoulder of State Route 3 in Piercefield at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, about 10 miles outside Tupper Lake, according to a brief report from State Police in Ray Brook.
Family began to search for the young man on Sunday.
DEC was contacted later in the day to help and widen the search.
David Winchell, spokesman for DEC, said Gillis had wandered away from a social gathering at a private residence on Paskugameh Road in Tupper Lake on Saturday night.
"On March 11, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Gillis's mother reporting her son missing. He was last heard from at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, based on phone records. DEC Forest Rangers and State Police worked through the evening to gather information and organized today's search effort," Winchell said.
"A New York State Police Aviation Unit Helicopter is being used in the search today, and a DEC airboat will arrive on scene shortly."
Gillis is 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt with black stripes, blue jeans and red sneakers.
Ray Brook-based State Police said the search was warranted because Gillis was walking along a desolate stretch of Adirondack forest in wintertime.
Fortunately, the weather has been warmer than usual for March, a trooper said, in the event Gillis got lost in the woods.
A command post has been set up at the Piercefield Highway Garage, according to Winchell.
A ranger at the command post early Monday said that about 35 volunteers and a large number of rangers were searching actively.
Winchell said further information would be released as it becomes available.
Gillis is a 2011 graduate of Tupper Lake High School and a well-known football and basketball player.
Anyone with information pertaining to his whereabouts can contact the DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook 897-1300.
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