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Sunday, February 24, 2013

DOUBLE THE MONEY: the search for Colin Gillis

UPDATE 4/29/13 - click/read/share: "MYSTERY AT TUPPER LAKE"
 

They may have abandoned the notion of ever finding their loved one alive again, but they've never forsaken him.
 
In fact the family of missing upstate New Yorker, Colin Gillis, is as determined as ever and have even increased the reward they're offering to $25,000, in hopes of bringing him home once and for all.
 
Gillis, 18 and a pre-med student at SUNY Brockport, was visiting his hometown in the Adirondacks during Spring Break in March of 2012.

He was last sighted leaving a party in Tupper Lake on foot, heading along highway 3 toward his parent's residence in nearby Piercefield a few miles away.

But he never made it.
 
The hunt for him throughout the following days and weeks was one of the most comprehensive ever launched for a missing person in this mountainous region of woodlands, waterways and swamps.
 
In all, thousands of acres and searchers were involved in the rescue effort, and even soldiers from the neighboring military base provided tactical support. Yet all that was ever found of the young man was one shoe and a driver's license...
 
Colin Gillis is described as a Caucasian male approximately six-feet tall and 180 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. When last seen, he was wearing a black and white striped shirt, blue jeans and red sneakers, and was carrying (or wearing) a reversible black and red L.L. Bean jacket together with an orange and black day pack.

Anyone with any information at all as to what became of him is urged to contact the Ray Brook State Police headquarters at 518-897-2000, or the DEC dispatch at 518-897-1300.
 
NOTE: I will be covering this missing person case more extensively in the upcoming feature article titled  'Mystery At Tupper Lake" but in the interim you can read more details concerning the Gillis disappearance, as well as the reward terms, here, and by using this site's search box.
 

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  1. Thought you might want to see this article.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/special_segments&id=9006940

    Former federal drug enforcement agent Jerry Snyder is the founder of a non-for-profit victim-search group called "Find Me" composed of active and retired law enforcement officials and consultants.

    Together they've studied more than 200 of these drowning cases across the country.

    "It was time after time, Caucasian male, 18 to 26 years old, good looking, athletic, very intelligent," Snyder said. "Every one of these kids were ending up in a river, pond, lake or stream and that just really caught our attention."

    There have been 20 known cases in Illinois, including Maddula and Brian Welzein.

    "Look at all the names here and we think we've only scratched the surface that's what's really scary to me," Snyder said.

    Snyder is disappointed in the lack of interest by local police.

    "They are surmising the kid drown because he was drunk so there is no investigation," he said.



    "Even though 50-percent of these cases are likely accidents or suicides we truly believe we have at least 50-percent being homicides," Snyder said. "When we are talking numbers, there are 194 bodies, if half of those are homicides we have a problem here."

    Snyder gathered grieving family members on the East Coast in November 2012.

    "They all believe that their sons were murdered," Snyder said.

    For the first time, they met with federal agents who have agreed to look into the cases.

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