Missing Boston College student’s home is searched for clues; Bruce Springsteen tweets, asking people to help

Springsteen post on Twitter seeks help, information

Friends and family held posters while looking for missing BC student Franco Garcia near the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

State and Newton police searched Franco Garcia’s home in Newton yesterday in hope of finding a piece of information that may help locate the missing Boston College student, and rocker Bruce Springsteen has joined the effort on Twitter.

Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker - a spokesman for the Newton Police Department, which is leading the investigation - said, “State and Newton police are at the house. They are trying to find some clue, some investigatory lead, that would help them in the search for this missing young man.’’

State Police divers searched the Chestnut Hill Reservoir yesterday for the third straight day, but with the same frustrating result.


“They found nothing on the bottom that would be considered in any way relevant to this case,’’ said State Police spokesman David Procopio, who said divers would be back in the reservoir tomorrow.

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“It is our devout hope that we will be able to bring Franco home to his family safely.’’

Procopio said Garcia’s family was supportive of the search of their West Newton home. He said investigators are hoping to find something the family innocently overlooked, but might be noticed by law enforcement officers, such as a “phone number, a scrap of paper, anything.’’

Officials and his family have said that Garcia was last seen around 12:30 a.m. Feb. 22 by friends at Mary Ann’s, a Brighton bar long popular with BC students.

He parked his car on campus, which is within walking distance of the bar.


As they have since he failed to return home Feb. 23, Garcia’s family participated in the search yesterday and were at the reservoir handing out posters of the missing man to passersby.

Garcia’s family also turned to social media for help in spreading the message that he was missing and that his family wants him safely home.

They picked up the support of Springsteen yesterday, who tweeted a link to a missing poster created for the Garcia family. Springsteen’s son is a student at BC.

“Help find Boston College student Franco Garcia,’’ Springsteen tweeted. “Last seen 2/22/12 in Brighton, MA. Call 617-796-2100 with any info.’’

The telephone number is for Newton police.


Also yesterday, BC alerted students that counseling is available to anyone on campus in need of emotional support.

Garcia has been taking three classes at BC, where he is studying chemistry. He also plays clarinet in the symphony band, trombone in the marching band, and is a certified pharmacy technician at a CVS in Waltham.

Procopio said State Police divers will be back at the reservoir tomorrow for a final search, skipping today because of the expected bad weather.

This week, he said, divers have been in the water for three days, and several police agencies have participated in searches of the area near the bar, around the reservoir and abutting streets, homes, nearby rail tracks, and abandoned buildings.

“It remains a missing persons case,’’ Procopio said. “There is no evidence to indicate foul play, but foul play has not been ruled out.’’

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