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Boston College students aid search for missing classmate

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 25, 2012 11:22 AM

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Boston College students are circulating flyers today to aid in the search for a 21-year-old classmate who vanished since last being seen at a Cleveland Circle bar early Wednesday morning.

“He’s our friend and we want him to get home safe,” said Amelia Zani, a BC sophomore who is helping to spread the word.
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Franco Garcia, 21, an evening student at BC who lives in West Newton, was last seen Wednesday at about 12:15 a.m. inside Mary Ann’s bar, located at 1937 Beacon St. in Brighton, near the BC campus.

Since that time, Garcia has not attended classes or shown up for work in Waltham, according to Newton police who issued an alert Friday night. His vehicle remained at Boston College, where he parked it Tuesday.

"His family and friends state that it is highly unusual for him not to contact anyone for this amount of time," police said in a release. Garcia was last seen wearing a long-sleeved white and blue striped shirt and jeans.

"I hear from people who know him that he is a terrific young man from a very close knit family," said university spokesman Jack Dunn. "Our prayers as a community go out to his family as we pray for a successful resolution to this search."

In addition to circulating flyers today, students plan to set up a table outside Mary Ann's on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help spread the word. They have also set up a Facebook page about his disappearance.

According to the Facebook page, police were able to track a phone call to Franco’s cell phone at around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, and believe he was heading back in the direction of BC, but they could not be sure.

Zani said Garcia is a member of the Boston College marching band and the Boston College symphonic band, serving on its executive board.

“He’s very involved in music. He’s a chemistry major and he’s just very very kind, welcoming," she said. "We both play clarinet in the symphonic band. He’s just a really great guy.”

Anyone having any information is urged to contact the Newton Police Department at 617-796-2100 or the Detective Division at 617-796-2104.

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