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Family offers reward for Gillis information

April 9, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - A $10,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of missing teen Colin Gillis.

The reward will be payable to anyone with relevant and useful information that leads to the location and/or safe return of Gillis, an 18-year-old pre-med student from Tupper Lake.

According to a press release, the reward won't be payable to people who assisted or participated in his disappearance, who accidentally locate him or who work for an organization involved in the location of missing people.

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The reward is limited to a minimum of $10,000 total if multiple people claim it.

It is set to expire March 4, 2013, but may be extended at the discretion of the people offering it, Robert Gillis and Barbara Bonneau.

Information about how to submit a claim for the reward can be obtained by calling state police at 518-897-2000.

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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 dispatch at 518-897-2000.

Gillis, who was home on spring break from SUNY Brockport, left a party on foot and was last seen in the early morning hours of March 11 on state Route 3 near the line between Tupper Lake and Piercefield, where Franklin and St. Lawrence counties meet.

An extensive official search by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and state police has been downgraded, but family members and close friends have continued to search.

John Gillis, Colin's father, wrote a post on Facebook saying he and others have covered 37 miles of woods roads that encompass about 11,0000 acres of forest.

"We're working on filling in the map of our search areas, and hope to have some hiking areas for volunteers to cover soon," John Gillis wrote Friday. "Still going strong and still holding the right thought - thanks to your support and prayers!!!"

Police said Friday new leads come in from time to time, and they investigate every one of them. They're working with Colin Gillis' family, who contact them whenever they get information they think might be relevant.

Police are not currently working off of any specific theory in regard to what happened to Gillis, said state police Lt. Brent Davison.

"We will carry a missing person's case until he's located," Davison said.



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