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Two years since Colin Gillis was last seen, state police continue investigations

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TUPPER LAKE - State police have not given up on the search for Colin W. Gillis, the Tupper Lake man who went missing two years ago.

Mr. Gillis, who would now be 20, was last seen in the early morning hours of March 11, 2012, walking on Route 3 toward Piercefield near the St. Lawrence County–Franklin County line.

After leaving a party on Paskungameh Road in Tupper Lake, Mr. Gillis was seen by a motorist who notified state police out of concern about a pedestrian at that hour, in that location and seemingly alone, troopers said in a release Monday.

When a patrol returned to the area looking for who was believed to be Mr. Gillis, no one was found. He has not been seen since.

While two years have passed since his disappearance and only limited searches of the woods and bodies of water near where Mr. Gillis was last seen will continue, a large portion of the area has been eliminated, state police said.

The searches only have yielded the discovery of what is believed to be some of Mr. Gillis’s personal effects on Setting Pole Dam Road, Tupper Lake.

A state police Bureau of Criminal Investigations unit based in Ray Brook continues to run down leads, which they said focus on the people who would have interacted with Mr. Gillis during that night and have not reported that contact to authorities.

State police also are asking citizens not to assume information already has been provided to investigators if they have not personally reported it. Investigators would like information about or hope to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to Mr. Gillis on the night of his disappearance. All information will be kept confidential.

Additionally, the Gillis family has offered a $25,000 reward to any person who provides relevant and useful information that leads to Colin Gillis’s whereabouts.

Mr. Gillis was last described as 6 feet tall and 170 pounds with a scar on his left shoulder.

Anyone with information about someone who saw Mr. Gillis or interacted with him on Route 3 is being asked to contact the state police BCI Unit in Ray Brook at 518-897-2000.

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