Police ask hunters in Piercefield, Tupper Lake to look for missing teen
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 5:50 pm

PIERCEFIELD -- State police and conservation officers are asking hunters in Piercefield and Tupper Lake to look for signs of a teenager who went missing in March.

Colin Gillis, 18, of Tupper Lake was last seen March 10 walking on State Route 3 between the two towns.

Officers said he is 6 feet tall and weighed about 170 pounds at the time of his disappearance.

Gillis was last seen wearing a white American Eagle v-neck shirt with black stripes and short sleeves, blue Levi boot cut jeans, and red Nike Air high top sneakers. He may also have been wearing a reversible black or red L.L. Bean coat and carrying and orange and black daypack.

In March, forest rangers, state police, local emergency response agencies and the area search and rescue teams, assisted by hundreds of volunteers from the community spent seven days searching more than 2000 acres of lands, miles of the Raquette River and both Raquette Pond and Piercefield Flow.

Volunteers alone expended more than 1000 person days or approximately 10,000 hours actively searching for Gillis.

State police still have an open missing person investigation seeking Gillis. The forest rangers' search for him is in a limited continuous status.

Under the limited continuous search local forest rangers, search and rescue teams and others continue to conduct spot searches and training exercises in the area, and periodic over-flights of helicopters will search the lands and waters in the area.

Hunters that find any items that Gillis may have been wearing or carrying are asked to contact state police at 518-897-2000 or the DEC at 518-897-1300.