Police Still Following Leads In Missing Teen Case


In the 12 months that Colin Gillis has been missing, his uncle and other family members have been putting up missing person posters with his picture and holding out hope he will be found.

"Our hope...is to solve the mystery of what happened to Colin," said Rob Gillis, Colin's uncle.
The Tupper Lake teenager went missing in the early hours of March 11, 2012 after being involved in an altercation while attending an alcohol-related party on Paskungameth Road.

He was last seen by a passing motorist wandering alone along Route 3 near Piercefield.

His disappearance triggered a massive ground and water search over 2,000 acres by state police, forest rangers and hundreds of volunteers.

Searchers did find a couple of the teen's personal belongings on the roadside near Setting Pole Dam Road, but the 18 year old was never located.

"It's always heavy on your heart," said Rob Gillis.
State Police investigators say while no new clues or signs of the teen have surfaced, the investigation remains ongoing and nothing has been ruled out.

"We've got not just one investigator or two investigators, but entire units working this case," said Captain John Tibbets of the New York State Police.  
The Gillis family, with the help of Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne, plan to put up several 10 by 8 foot signs with the teenager's picture, including one in the area where he was last seen near the St. Lawrence-Franklin County line.
An initial $10,000 reward was increased to $25,000 earlier this year by the Gillis family, but so far it hasn't helped in providing answers on the teenager's whereabouts.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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