TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce will collect information about areas that have been searched for missing 18-year-old Colin Gillis.
Gillis went missing in the early morning hours of March 11 after leaving a party on foot. An extensive search lead by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and state police turned up only two items belonging to Gillis, which state police won't identify.
That search was downgraded to "limited continuous" status, but his family continues to look for him and many other volunteers have been searching areas outside of the official DEC search area.
In an attempt to organize the information about those areas that have been checked outside of the official search, the chamber is setting up a clearinghouse of data. If you have information about an area that has been searched, call the chamber at 518-359-3328 and leave a message with a phone number where you can be reached. A volunteer will call back and ask specific questions about your search.
As the search for Gillis continues, the chamber emphasizes the importance of safety as well as respecting the rules of not trespassing on private property. Also, if an individual comes across a piece of evidence that will aid in the search, the chamber asks that person to please call state troopers at 518-897-2000 immediately. This includes anything that you notice that is out of the ordinary.
"It is critical that you share this information with authorities as soon as it is discovered," reads a press release from the chamber.
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.
The Gillis family and the chamber thank the community of Tupper Lake and surrounding areas for their continued support. They ask people to go to "Colin Gillis Search Updates" on Facebook for continued updated information on the progress of the search, and to continue to share Gillis' photo and description.