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Fliers posted for missing BC student

Last seen at bar in Cleveland Circle

Newton police are seeking help from the public in finding Franco Garcia.

A group of students and family members posted fliers in the Cleveland Circle neighborhood yesterday in an effort to find Franco Garcia, a Boston College senior who has been missing since early Wednesday morning.

Garcia, 21, was last seen at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday inside Mary Ann’s bar on Beacon Street in Cleveland Circle, according to a statement released by Newton police Friday.

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Since Wednesday morning, Franco has not attended class, gone to work, moved his vehicle, or made contact with family or friends, according to the flier. Franco lives with his parents in West Newton.

About 30 people gathered yesterday afternoon to disperse fliers around the BC campus and Cleveland Circle, said Katherine Corteselli, 21, a close friend of Franco’s.

“We’re doing everything we can to find him. He’s one of the greatest guys I know,’’ Corteselli said. “He has so much support and I’m very optimistic that he will return home safely.’’

Corteselli said the students designed the fliers to showcase Franco’s cheery smile. Garcia is a chemistry major, she said.

Corteselli said she was at Mary Ann’s with Garcia and other friends Tuesday night, adding that Garcia was drinking, but not to excess.

“As far as alcohol goes, he’s a normal college student, but I don’t think it was anything more than usual,’’ Corteselli said.

Franco left the bar without telling his friends, said Corteselli, 21.

Corteselli said she founded a Facebook page to inform the community of Garcia’s disappearance. As of yesterday afternoon, more than 1,600 people were following the page.

Garcia’s mother, Luzmila Garcia, 50, said she believes he is still alive.

“This is completely out of the blue,’’ she said.

Family friend Genoveva Tavera, of Waltham, said Garcia has never lost touch with his family before.

“Franco is the type of boy who will call his mom every day, during breaks in between classes and before work,’’ Tavera said. “What is happening is totally out of his character.’’

Students are planning to set up an information center in front of Mary Ann’s from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Corteselli said.

“We’re hoping to spread more awareness to the community and local business owners,’’ she said.

Garcia was last seen wearing jeans and a long-sleeve white and blue striped shirt, according to the flier from police. He wears glasses and has brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information is urged to call Newton police at 617-796-2100 or the detective division at 617-796-2104.

Christopher J. Girard can be reached at chrisjgirard@gmail.com.
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