Colin W. Gillis, 18, of Tupper Lake is considered a missing person. Anyone with more information about his whereabouts should contact Ray Brook Police at 897-2000.
A Luminary Prayer Ceremony will be held for Colin Gillis on Friday, March 23, at the Tupper Lake Municipal park, 13 days after the 18-year-old was reported missing.
The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend this special ceremony. The event will be held in the Grand stands in the Tupper Lake Municipal Park, 53 Park Street.
Those planning to attend the event are asked to arrive at the park around 8 p.m. to purchase luminaries and write a prayer on them for Colin and the Gillis family.
Luminaries will cost $5 each with all proceeds going to the Colin Gillis Fund. The fund has been established at Community Bank in Tupper Lake.
At 9 p.m., the lights from the ball field will be turned off and a moment of silence will be observed. The lights will remain off until about 9:30 p.m. Those who attend are asked to bring a flashlight to safely navigate around the ball field until the lights are turned back on.
Luminary bags were donated by Relay for Life and Mattoons Sunflour Bakery.
Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP and share this event on Facebook by going to the Luminary Prayer Ceremony for Colin Gillis Facebook page.
Community members who won’t be able to attend the event on Friday posted messages of hope and support on the ceremonies’ Facebook page.
Amy Schryver Erickson, posted support from North Carolina.
“We will turn our porch light on here in Raleigh , N.C. We lift the Gills family up in prayer. We will continue to pray for Colin’s safe return home.”
The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the DEC, Village of Tupper Lake, The Tupper Lake Fire Department, Relay for Life, Mattoons Sunflour Bakery, Melissa Perham, Donna Sabin and The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce for putting this event together so quickly.
For those of you that can’t make it the event and would like to make a contribution to aide the search efforts for Collin Gillis a fund has been established at Community Bank in Tupper Lake to support the Gillis family. You can stop by either branch in Tupper Lake if you would like to make a donation or you can make the check payable to-’Colin Gillis Fund.’ You can also mail a check to-Community Bank
75 Park Street
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
For more information about the event, click here to go to the Chamber of Commerce website.
Missing Ten Days
18-year-old Premed student, Colin Gillis, has been missing since leaving a social gatherine with friends in the early morning hours of March 11. After ten days of the searching the land and waterways surrounding his last known location on State Route 3, DEC Rangers and State Police have downgraded the search to, limited continuous status. New York State Police continue to investigate his whereabouts.
With the exception of a few personal items located Monday, March 12, along State Route 3, no signs of Gillis have been found.
Forest Rangers, State Police, local emergency response agencies and the area search and rescue teams, assisted by hundreds of volunteers from the community spent seven days searching more than 2000 acres of lands, miles of the Raquette River and both Raquette Pond and Piercefield Flow.
Community volunteers alone expended more than 1000 person days or approximately 10,000 hours actively searching for Gillis.
Anyone with information about the search for Gillis are asked to contact Ray Brook Police at 897-2000.