Franco Garcia Update: Body of missing Boston College student found in reservoir, family says

Franco Garcia
Franco Garcia

(CBS/AP) BOSTON - A body found Wednesday in a Boston reservoir is that of missing Boston College student Franco Garcia, authorities told his family.

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Garcia's body was found in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, family friend Genoveva Tavera told The Associated Press.

The 21-year-old, who was studying chemistry and played clarinet in the symphony band, disappeared Feb. 22 after leaving a bar in Boston popular with college students.

According to CBS Boston, the Boston Fire department says it received a call about the body at 7:57 a.m.

The reservoir is between the neighborhood of the bar Mary Ann's, where Garcia was last seen, 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 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 from a vacation to New York City after not being able to reach him. His Volvo station wagon was parked where he left it with 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 also 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. In addition to taking classes, he worked full-time as a pharmacy technician at CVS. 

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