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Monday February 27, 2012

Boston College Senior Franco Garcia Missing Since February 21

Boston College Senior Franco Garcia Missing Since February 21

Photo: Franco Garcia of Boston College missing since February 21

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A search is on for a 21-year-old Massachusetts student who went missing last week.

Friends and family of Franco Garcia are worried and confused after the Boston College senior disappeared. He was last seen at around 12:20 a.m. early Wednesday morning, as friends saw they saw him as he left a local bar in Brighton, MA. A friend said she thought it was odd that he did not say good bye, but still just assumed he went home.

Posters have been put up all over town and state that he was last seen wearing a long-sleeved white and blue striped shirt and jeans. He is said to be about 6 feet tall and a 200 lbs.

His car is still parked at Boston College and has not moved since he disappeared. Police say his cell phone signal was last detected near Chestnut Hill reservoir and the nearby wooded area in Boston.

State Police specialists took a boat onto the reservoir and used a side-scan sonar device, which they dragged through the 20- to 25-foot-deep water, but found nothing. Divers were also deployed, but they too found nothing. A helicopter also searched the area, but turned up nothing. The search of the reservoir is said to continue Tuesday.

Garcia has been living with his parents in nearby West Newton while he attends Boston College, studying chemistry and playing clarinet in the school’s symphony band and trombone on the marching band.

Garcia’s friends has set up various ways to get the word out about his disappearance, including the Twitter hashtag #FindFranco and the Gmail account findfrancoBC@gmail.com.

They urge anyone with information, photos or videos from the area the night of his disappearance (February 21) or since to contact them or the Newton Police Department at 617-796-2100.