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Family posts $10K reward for missing Tupper Lake teenager


TUPPER LAKE — After a month of no signs of a missing Tupper Lake teenager, family members are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the location or safe return of Colin W. Gillis.

Mr. Gillis was last seen after leaving a party walking along Route 3 toward Piercefield in the early hours of March 11. Since then police, family, friends and strangers have searched thousand of acres with very little to show for it.

The family hopes to rekindle the search with offer of a reward.

The reward, though, is not available to everyone. People who assisted in the disappearance of Mr. Gillis, who accidentally find him or those who work for a search and rescue organization are not eligible, according to the reward poster.

The reward is being offered by Robert Gillis and Barbara Bonneau, Colin’s aunt and uncle.

“It was 30 days (Sunday), we’ve had no new leads. We’re continuing to search and haven’t found anything and we’re hoping it’ll still shake some trees, so to speak,” said Pattie Gillis, Colin’s mother.

Ms. Gillis said she wants to believe her son has left the area.

“We’re hoping he’s on a beach somewhere, chilling out and having fun, because the other option’s not so pleasant,” she said.

Though the investigation has been scaled back, a state police spokesman said helicopters are doing fly-overs whenever possible.

“The investigation has not been taken outside the area,” Lt. Scott Heggelke said.

He said small leads are coming in, but nothing with major value.

As to whether this reward will bring a break in the investigation, “It can’t hurt,” Lt. Heggelke said.

The decision to post a reward was made by the family independent of the state police investigation.

Mr. Gillis’s brother, Lyndon Gillis, said the there is still hope of finding him.

“It’s a living nightmare,” he said.

Ms. Gillis said she doesn’t want people to fear coming forward with information.

“The big thing we want to get across is that nobody’s going to be in any trouble, we just want Colin home,” Ms. Gillis said.

Mr. Gillis is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds with a scar on his left shoulder.

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