BOSTON (AP) – A dive team pulled the body of a missing Boston College student from a reservoir near the campus Wednesday, authorities told his family.
Franco Garcia, a 21-year-old who was studying chemistry and played clarinet in the symphony band, disappeared Feb. 22 after leaving a bar popular with college students. The Chestnut Hill Reservoir where his body was found is between the neighborhood the bar is in and the Boston College campus, where Garcia planned to stay in a friend’s dorm the night he vanished.
Divers had already searched the reservoir several times but did not find him. Authorities have not yet said whether they suspect foul play.
Garcia had gone to the college hangout Mary Ann’s with friends from Boston College’s Symphonic Band but spent part of the night with friends from high school he met inside.
At closing time, his college friends couldn’t find him. Police got involved a day later, when his parents returned in a panic from a vacation to New York City after not being able to reach him. His Volvo station wagon was parked where he left it, his clarinet inside. There was no new activity on his credit card and no one had used his cellphone since it pinged off a tower near the reservoir at 1:15 a.m.
The case drew the attention of singer Bruce Springsteen, whose son attends Boston College. He posted a missing person poster on both Twitter and Facebook.
Garcia lived at home in Newton with his parents, Luzmila and Jose, who emigrated more than two decades ago from Lima, Peru, where worried relatives have been following the case. In addition to taking classes, he worked full-time as a pharmacy technician at CVS.