Bruce Springsteen Aids Search for Missing Boston College Student
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Singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen is helping friends of 21-year-old Franco Garcia spread the word to be on the lookout for the missing Boston College senior. Within an hour, Springsteen’s post garnered 948 likes and 553 shares, attesting to the power of celebrity status in drawing attention to missing persons. Springsteen’s son Evan is a student at BC, according to Village 14.
Garcia disappeared last Tuesday after visiting a popular bar near the Boston College campus. Since then, the local community has banded together and searched for Garcia. They’ve hung flyers and held rallies, the Brookline Patch reported. They’ve searched the Boston College campus and nearby neighborhoods, Fox News said. Several local churches held Masses to pray for the missing young man.
Police are combing the Chestnut Hill Reservoir today for a fourth and final time. Garcia’s cellphone signal was picked up not far from the Reservoir a week ago in the early morning hours. That’s the last signal from his phone and the last sign of Garcia.
As the search moves into its second week, Garcia’s family and friends are looking for new methods of drawing attention to the search. They’re hoping that contacts with celebrities like Springsteen and Amy Poehler, a 1993 Boston College graduate, will help their effort go viral and draw in a wider range of eyes and ears.
The publicity effort even drew an offer of free assistance from a private detective Wednesday. Police say there have been some leads and they are following up on them. But despite the determination shown by his friends, family, police and concerned community members, Garcia remains unaccounted for. Not only have the searches to date not found Garcia, they’ve failed to turn up any evidence relating to his disappearance, the Boston Globe reported.
The missing boy’s mother Luzmilla Garcia told the Globe she believes he is alive. She’s worries he might have suffered a head injury and is unable to think clearly or has been kidnapped.
Investigators are now going through Garcia’s computer to see if it yields any clues, Fox News said.
Garcia is Hispanic, 5-foot-9 and weighs 200 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He was wearing jeans and a long-sleeve white and blue striped shirt when last seen, and he wears glasses. Anyone with information is urged to call Newton police at (617) 796-2100 or the detective division at (617) 796-2104.