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Search forms for Tupper Lake teen

March 12, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - About 60 people showed up today to help search for a Tupper Lake teen who's been missing since Sunday morning.

Colin Gillis, 18, was last seen around the Franklin-St. Lawrence county line between Tupper Lake and Piercefield at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

He wandered away from a social gathering at a private residence on Paskungameh Road, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman David Winchell.

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Colin Gillis
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DEC personnel were setting up a command post at the Piercefield Town Hall this morning, said Piercefield fire Chief Mike Boylan. They got there around 7:30 this morning, he said.

Many Tupper Lakers were putting out a call for people to come help with the search this morning on Facebook, including Gillis's mother.

Based on phone records, he was last heard from at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. His mother called the DEC dispatch center in Ray Brook at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to report him missing, Winchell said in an email.

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Anyone with information is asked to call state police's Ray Brook dispatch at 518-897-1300.

DEC forest rangers and state police worked through Sunday evening gathering information and organizing today's search effort.

Forest rangers, state police, Tupper Lake village police, the Piercefield Volunteer Fire Department and members of the Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks and volunteers are helping with the search. A state police helicopter is being used in the search, and a DEC airboat was expected to arrive on the scene this morning.

Lake Placid News Editor Rich Rosentreter reported seeing a young man in the road on state Route 3 at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday as he was heading back from Massena to Tupper Lake with his mother, who lives in Tupper Lake.

Rosentreter said the young man was walking against traffic close to the white line on the side of the road and flailing his arms. At first it looked like the man was hitchhiking, but then it looked like he wasn't.

He wasn't wearing a jacket, only a long-sleeved shirt, and the temperature was in the teens, Rosentreter said. Rosentreter said state police went to look for the man after he reported the incident to them at the Tupper Lake village police station, but to no avail.

Gillis attends SUNY Brockport, according to his Facebook page. He is the son of John and Patricia Gillis.

He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was wearing a white shirt with black stripes, blue jeans and red sneakers. Winchell asked that anyone with information that may help in locating Gillis call DEC's Ray Brook dispatch center at 518-897-1300.



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