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Tupper Lake, NY teen missing

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The search continued Monday night for a missing teenager in New York's north country.

It was an unexpected trip home for Lynden Gillis. "I'm out here to find him, we're going to get him," said Gillis, who came home to look for his 18-year-old brother Colin Gillis.

Gillis, a pre-med student at SUNY Brockport returned home to Tupper Lake Friday night. On Saturday night he attended a drinking party with friends at an undisclosed home on Paskugameh Road. Police say he left the party alone on foot, but they don't know why.

"We're staying positive," said Patricia, Colin's mother. "It's not something I ever thought I would have to do."

The last confirmed sightings of Gillis was around 1:30 Sunday morning. At least three motorists spotted him walking along Route 3 near the county line. He was walking in the opposite direction of his home and investigators say Gillis was almost struck by one of those cars.

"We have recovered items -- can't say what," said New York State Lt. Pat Ryan.

Throughout the day, dozens of law officers and nearly 200 volunteers spent the day looking for the missing 18-year-old. Their efforts focused on a two mile radius around the home. It includes dense wooded areas along with the Racquette River and Piercefield Flow.

"We have been over the ice, Racquette River Flow, checked the dams at this point, we found no sign of Colin being in or near the water, but we can't rule that out at this time," said Forest Ranger Capt. John Streiff.

Family and friends of Gillis remain hopeful they will bring him home alive. They will not stop searching until they find him.

"He's my li'l brother, he's always been there, I love him," Lynden Gillis said.

Now police say they really have no clear idea what actually happened to Colin Gillis early Sunday morning. They plan to search until dark and then return at the crack of dawn Tuesday.

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