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State Police find no sign of missing Boston College student in Chestnut Hill Reservoir

State Police divers searched the Chestnut Hill Reservoir yesterday for about four hours and found no sign of a Boston College student who went missing last week, but they plan to return today to continue their search, the agency said this afternoon.

Divers combed the reservoir for any clues that may shed light on the disappearance of Franco Garcia, 21, who was last seen early Wednesday at a Cleveland Circle bar.

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Today, the divers will make “one last attempt to locate any significant evidence by conducting a second side-scan sonar search,” which will give them another look at the bottom of the reservoir, State Police said in a statement.

Also yesterday, additional troopers, Boston police officers, 14 recruits from the Boston Police Academy, and Transit Police searched wooded areas around the reservoir and the BC campus for several hours, State Police said.

“All searches were negative for any evidence connected to Mr. Garcia’s disappearance,” the statement said.

Friends and relatives of Garcia, who lives with his parents in West Newton and studies chemistry at BC, have said it is highly unusual for him to go so long without contacting anyone.

His mother, Luzmila Garcia, told the Globe Monday that she believes her son is still alive.

“Maybe something happened to him,” she said. “like he got hit on the head and he’s not thinking clearly right now. Maybe somebody is holding him against his will. If that is what is happening, I just want to say to whoever is holding him: My son loves his family; he loves to play music. Please let him go so he can return to us.”

State Police urge anyone with information about Garcia’s disappearance to contact Newton Police at 617-796-2100 or Massachusetts State Police at 617-727-4812.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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