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Family posts fliers in effort to find missing Southborough man

Photo courtsey of Lori Tavella Kelleher
Michael Kelleher.

The mother of a Southborough man reported missing after a Celtics game last week said she posted fliers in the Boston area Sunday in hopes of gathering information that could help track him down.

The last reported sighting of Michael Kelleher, 23, who is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 pounds, was at 9 p.m. Wednesday when he was leaving the TD Garden wearing brown pants, a gray sweatshirt, and a Celtics jersey and hat, police said.

His mother, Lori Tavella Kelleher, told the Globe in a brief phone interview early Sunday afternoon that she was working with a group of volunteers and asking for help to find her son.

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“We are putting fliers all over the place,” said Tavella Kelleher.

State Police, who are assisting Boston police in the investigation, anticipate conducting search operations in the case on Monday, said spokesman David Procopio.

Procopio and Boston police spokeswoman Officer Rachel McGuire said there were no updates in the investigation as of Sunday evening.

The missing man is a waiter at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in Northborough, and a co-worker told the GlobeSaturday that she set up a Facebook page to help organize efforts to look for him.

Volunteer searchers announced on the Facebook page Sunday afternoon that they will be sending search parties across Boston on Monday to look for Kelleher. Organizers, in a Facebook post, also thanked users for their efforts and prayers thus far.

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Twitter users are sharing news of the search with the #findMichaelKelleher hashtag, while a GoFundMe page has raised more than $4,000 from nearly 100 people since Saturday to hire a private detective.

Tavella Kelleher said on Sunday that a reported sighting of her son at The Harp in Boston on Wednesday night proved to be incorrect after the restaurant’s management reviewed its surveillance tapes.

Kelleher’s father, Mike Kelleher, told WCVB-TV in an interview that family members are worried that Michael Kelleher is not used to getting around a city like Boston. “We just want him back,” he told the news station.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Southborough police at (508) 485-2147 or Boston police at (617) 343-4240.

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John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.