Search Expands for Missing Tupper Lake Teen


More than 200 volunteers have joined the search for a missing Tupper Lake teenager.

State Police and state Department of Environmental Forest Rangers are using a helicopter, boats and a dive team to look for 18 year old Colin Gillis.

Volunteers are combing the woods.

Gillis was reported missing after leaving a party on foot in the early morning hours of Sunday. 

He was last seen walking along Route 3 near the St. Lawrence - Franklin County line at around 2 a.m.

According to 7 News reporter John Friot, teams have expanded the area of the search.

There is no evidence to suggest Gillis was struck by a vehicle or that he fell victim to foul play.

One theory is the teen may have decided to attempt to walk across the ice to get back to Tupper Lake, a distance of about three miles.

Searchers used an underwater camera and DEC airboat to scan the riverbanks and Racquette River waters.
Meanwhile, state police say they have interviewed between 50 to 100 people, many of whom attended the same party as Gillis.

Anyone with information about Gillis' whereabouts is asked to call the State Police in Ray Brook at (518) 897-2000.

Click on the picture above to watch 7 News' John Friot's report on the search.

See our earlier report

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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