UPDATED: A Week Later, Search Still on for Missing Boston College Student [VIDEO]
Have you seen this man? A timeline of events in the search for Franco Garcia, whose whereabouts is a mystery.
[Update: Boston College published a letter informing students of the resources available to them in the BC Chronicle. This information has been added to the article.
State Police have no updates at this time. 12:53 p.m.]
It's been a week since friends and family have seen missing Boston College student Franco Garcia. He was last spotted at Mary Ann's bar in Cleveland Circle (Brighton) around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Garcia, a West Newton resident, is described as a Hispanic male, 21, about 5'9" tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue-and-white-striped button-down shirt, a North Face jacket, and glasses.
In addition to state and local police resources, friends and family have mobilized to try and locate the missing man. Here is a timeline of events in the search for Garcia:
Tuesday, Feb. 21
- Franco Garcia parks his car near the Chestnut Hill Reservoir on the Boston College campus. Garcia and friends go to Mary Ann's bar.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
- 12:15 a.m.: The last time friends recall seeing Garcia at the bar.
- 1:15 a.m.: Last known signal from Garcia's phone, somewhere near the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
Friday, Feb. 24
- Public is made aware of Garcia's disappearance. Newton Police seek public's help in finding the missing Boston College student.
Saturday, Feb. 25
- Garcia's friends announce an information session on Sunday. They hang flyers in Cleveland Circle and surrounding neighborhoods.
Sunday, Feb. 26
- Friends and family of Franco Garcia rally outside Mary Ann's bar Sunday in hopes of spreading the word about his disappearance.
- Police scan the surface of the reservoir with a helicopter; they find nothing.
Monday, Feb. 27
- State Police divers and K-9 teams search the reservoir and surrounding area all day: negative results from one possible object, and from a 'side sonar scan.'
- Garcia's friends and family spend three hours searching the reservoir and Boston College area on foot: nothing found.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
- State Police teams search the reservoir for another four hours: still nothing.
- Police, State Police recruits, and search and rescue teams search the perimeter of the reservoir: still nothing.
Wednesday, Feb. 29
- State Police head back to the reservoir for what they say is one last attempt at finding evidence. They plan to use the side-scan sonar device again to look at the bottom of the reservoir.
Online and Social Media Efforts
While the searches have gone on in Chestnut Hill, the friends of Franco Garcia have taken to social media to aid in the search, creating a Facebook group and Twitter account: @FindFranco. They have also attempted to enlist the help of local celebrities who tweet to help spread the message.
Rachele Reis and Amelia Zani, two of Garcia's friends and classmates, are also asking anyone who may have taken photos at Mary Ann's Tuesday night -- regardless of whether they know if Garcia is in them -- to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will remain private unless Garcia is spotted.
In a letter sent by Boston College Vice President for Student Affairs Patrick Rombalski, published in the BC Chronicle.
This incident has affected many in our community and I want to remind you that the University has a number of resources available to students, including our Counseling Services Office at x2-3310, the Office of Residential Life at x2-3060, the Office of the Dean for Student Development at x2-3470, and Campus Ministry at 2-3475. If you wish to talk with someone outside of our regular office hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), please contact the Boston College Police Department at x2-2440 at any time (24/7). BCPD can put you in touch with our psychologist on call (24/7), as well as the resident minister on call (24/7).
Again, anyone with information about Garcia's disappearance is asked to contact Newton Police at 617-796-2100 or Massachusetts State Police at 617-727-4812, or e-mail BC Police Sergeant Jeff Postell: email@example.com. Or leave a comment in the comments section below.