Community helps look for missing teen
The search continues for an 18-year-old Tupper Lake teenager. Colin Gillis wandered away from a social gathering late Saturday night. Monday, close to 200 friends, family, and community members joined state police in the search to find him. Our Cara Thomas has more.
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PIERCEFIELD, N.Y. -- Colin Gillis, 18, is a 6 foot tall, blonde hair, blue eyed, pre-med major at SUNY Brockport. And he had just come home for spring break. His mother Patricia Gillis says on Saturday night, their family had dinner, watched some basketball and then her son headed out the door to see some friends.
"I said, you coming home tonight? He said, yup. I said ok I'll leave the lights on and the door unlocked and that's the last I've heard from him," said Patricia Gillis, Colin's mother.
Gillis went to a social gathering on Paskungameh Road in Tupper Lake, but wandered away alone.
And on Monday, the DEC and the New York State Police worked together to find Gillis, with the help of over 170 volunteers from the community.
Gillis' aunt, Maureen Houlihan said, "My husband and I just got up here today and we found an amazing amount of support from the community. And a lot of people here help find Colin and come out with a positive outlook."
Police say the last place Gillis was seen, was walking along route 3 towards Piercefield. A driver who was driving by saw him around the Franklin and St. Lawrence County border.
DEC forest rangers and state police led search parties into the woods and along route 3. A State Police helicopter was also used in the search as well as a DEC airboat, looking for any holes in the ice.
Lieutenant Patrick Ryan from the New York State Police said, "A couple of items that were located we believe belong to Colin but I'm not going to be able to elaborate what those are at this time. But we do feel fairly confident that they are items that belong to him. And the search continues."
The family says the amount of community support allows them to continue being optimistic.
"Buddy just come home. Give us a call, use your phone. Try to get in touch with us somehow. You know, we really just want to see your face," said Gillis' mother.
State Police and the DEC say they will continue searching until Gillis is found, or until they have more clues to his whereabouts.
Police say Gillis was wearing a white shirt with black stripes, jeans, and red shoes when last seen. He also had an orange backpack and either a black or red jacket.
If anyone has information, call state police at (518) 897-1300.