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Search enters seventh day

March 19, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

PIERCEFIELD - The search for Colin Gillis continued through the weekend, though nothing new was found.

On Saturday, 50 volunteers from the community, six state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and three K-9 teams continued search efforts around the area where the missing teen was last seen. Type 3 grid searches, the most intense kind, were conducted in three separate areas.

Gillis' family thanked the volunteers and other searchers, and they asked everyone to take Sunday off, DEC spokesman David Winchell told the Enterprise in an email.

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Today, forest rangers and others plan to search the water, with a very limited land search.

The 18-year-old Tupper Laker was home on spring break from SUNY Brockport when he went missing after leaving a party Saturday night. He was last seen on state Route 3 early Sunday, March 11, by passing motorists.

More than 1,000 volunteers showed up last week to help with the ground search, but those numbers were scaled back as most of the ground was covered and the search shifted more to the water.

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Colin Gillis is described as a white male, 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing about 170 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. State police said he was last seen wearing a white shirt with black stripes, blue jeans and red sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police's Ray Brook headquarters at 518-897-2000.



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