North Country family offers $25,000 reward two years after the disappearance of Colin Gillis

Colin Gillis

Two years after a SUNY Brockport student disappeared while home on spring break, his family is offering a $25,000 reward for relevant information to help find him.

State police investigators say they're hoping to speak to anyone who may have had contact with then 18-year-old Colin Gillis, who was last seen in the wee morning hours of March 11, in his North Country hometown of Tupper Lake.

According to what investigators know so far, Colin had gone to a party with friends the night before, March 10, on Paskungameh Road. He never came home.

Investigators say the party ended abruptly, and passing motorists saw Colin walking west on Route 3, headed toward Piercefield.

One passerby noticed him near the St. Lawrence County - Franklin County border, and drove to the Tupper Lake Police Department to tell them what they saw. The individual was concerned given the location and the late hour.

State Police then patrolled the area, but did not see anyone walking.

At the time of his disappearance, Colin is remembered as wearing a white shirt with black stripes, blue jeans, and red sneakers.

He was about 6 feet tall and weighed around 170 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

As far as authorities and his family know, Colin has not been seen since. Extensive searches in the woods around Tupper Lake have turned up few signs of the teen, though investigators did recover some of his belongings along Route 3, in the area where he was last seen.

State Police divers also searched the nearby Raquette River and Raquette Pond.

Limited searches of this vicinity continue, but right now State Police want to hear from anyone who may have interacted with Gillis in those early morning hours of March 11, 2012 and did not report their contact.

Anyone who may have seen Colin along Route 3, or has any other information that could help is encouraged to call the State Police at Ray Brook at (518) 897-2000.

Investigators remind people not to assume such information has already been provided.

The Gillis family has put up a $25,000 reward for any person that provides relevant and useful information that leads to the whereabouts of Colin.

(Information from the Associated Press used in this report)