Lyndon and John Gillis speak to the media March 14. Police and Forest Rangers continued their search for 18-year old Colin Gillis March 15.
Day four of the search for Colin Gillis has found no new signs of the 18-year old in the area surrounding his last known location, despite hundreds of volunteers, DEC Forest Rangers and State Police.
The Rangers and State Police will continue the search through the weekend. Regional Forest Ranger Captain John Streiff said the search parties consisted of 120 volunteers, 25 Rangers, a DEC Airboat, 25 New York State personnel, including an Aviation unit with a helicopter, dive teams and K-9 units brought in from Syracuse.
The Piercefield Fire Department, Cranberry Lake EMS, Star Lake EMS, Search and Rescue of Northern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley K-9 also searched today.
DEC and State police are requesting for no more volunteers to aide in search efforts tomorrow, as there are only a few very small areas left to search.
“For the most part we’ve concluded our land based search in the mile radius from Collins last known point,” Streiff said. “We’re becoming more and more technical as far as aviation support fly-overs and we’re now expecting help from Fort Drum as far as helicopters to help fly over the Raquette River and support from State Police Aviation. We continue to utilize state police under water cameras and divers in certain sections of the river, but it has not lead to any leads at this point.”
Investigators are looking into allegations that on the night of Gillis’ disappearance, he may have been involved in an altercation at the party where he was last seen.
“We’re taking different investigative steps and one of the things were trying to do is construct a time line of events from that night,” NYSP Capt. John Tibbits said. “The folks that were at the party have been very cooperative and a lot of instances they have given us a lot of leads that we have followed up on.”
Police will be re-interviewing members of the party Gillis attended and trying to put together a timeline of what happened at the party, when and if he left to meet someone after the party and to find out if something did happen. Police are also using evidence collected through Gillis’ cell phone.
Tibbits said the police will not be ruling anything out at this point in the investigation, in the same way searchers won’t rule out areas through the ground search.
“We’re not running out of options but we are narrowing down what our options are.”
MEDIA OVER BOARD
During the search on Thursday, a reporter from YNN Time Warner, was injured when an air boat hit one section of rocks.
“The air boat sustained damage and will need to be repaired and passengers received an overview from EMS and appeared to be okay, just a little shaken,” Tibbits said.