The Search Continues
Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
"Help find Boston College student Franco Garcia. Last seen 2/22/12 in Brighton, MA. Call 617-796-2100 with any info," Springsteen tweeted.
In addition to the Facebook group and the Twitter hashtag #findfranco, Garcia's friends have created a Twitter account @findfranco to spread the latest information and share news reports.
"There's only so much we can do in actual search efforts, but the best thing that we can have anybody do is to spread the word," Mahon said. "The more publicity that we can get, the more information comes in. We've had information coming in from various different places, a lot of it doesn't mean anything, but you never know when something can actually help."
Garcia's friends have worked tirelessly over the past week to promote awareness about his disappearance.
"We're kind of taking it one day at a time now just because we're a little exhausted," Reis said. "There's about eight or nine of us that are kind of coordinating everything and we spend most evenings each hosting a little conference, we all sit at our computers and share, no one really wants to be alone right now, for emotional support for each other."
Along with numerous students, University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. and Campus Minister Rev. Don MacMillan, S.J. have both reached out to the Garcia family to lend their support.
"The Boston College community remains hopeful that Franco will be found safe, and are offering all our prayers and masses for him, his family and many BC friends. The Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Pep Bands all are affected by this occurrence and are pulling together in solidarity and prayer for Franco and for each other," MacMillan said. "We are profoundly saddened by the ordeal of the Garcia family and their friends, and want them to know that the entire BC community cares very much for Franco and hopes for his safe return. Boston College is a community at prayer."
Campus Ministry has organized daily masses this week to pray for the safe return of Garcia, and to offer support for his family and friends. A mass is scheduled for Thursday at noon in Cushing Chapel and in St. Joseph's Chapel at 10 p.m. Masses will be said at St. Mary's Chapel Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon.
"Everyone at Boston College remains hopeful for a positive resolution," said University Spokesman Jack Dunn. "We will continue to do whatever we can to assist the Garcia family and the four cooperating police departments as they deal with this most difficult ordeal."
"My hope is that soon we will be able to contact him," Reis said. "We'll know or someone will tell us something that will allow us to know that he is safe."
Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation is asked to contact the Newton Police at 617-796-2100.