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Search for Colin Gillis downgraded

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

TUPPER LAKE - The search for missing 18-year-old Colin Gillis was downgraded Monday, a week after police, forest rangers and more than 1,000 volunteers started looking for him.

"All reasonable efforts have been made to search all probable areas where Mr. Gillis may have been located," state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman David Winchell wrote in an email. "Other than a couple of personal items located Monday, March 12, along state Route 3, no signs of Mr. Gillis have been found."

The search is now in "limited continuous" status, which means DEC forest rangers, search-and-rescue teams and others will conduct spot searches and training exercises in the area, and helicopters will do periodic flyovers of the land and waters in the area.

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State police will continue to investigate Gillis' whereabouts.

Gillis, a Tupper Laker who had just returned home on spring break from the State University of New York at Brockport, went missing after leaving a party on foot last weekend. He is believed to have last been seen at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, March 11, on Route 3 near the line between Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, where Tupper Lake meets Piercefield, by three motorists heading toward Piercefield.


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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.

Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or



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