Body Found In Chestnut Hill Reservoir Is BC Student, DA Says

Update at 4:30 p.m.: WBUR's Brady-Myerov spoke to BC spokesman Jack Dunn, who reflected on today's sad news:

This brings closure to a very difficult event that has tried the Garcia family and the BC community since Feb. 22. By every measurement Franco is an outstanding young man, a gifted clarinetist, a very popular student on campus and an aspiring student who was very close to his family.

You can listen to the full audio version of Brady-Myerov's report here.

Update at 2 p.m.: Providing more details, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said "the clothing on the body appears to be consistent with the clothing that Mr. Garcia was wearing on the day he went missing."

He said divers discovered the body 18 feet off-shore in water that's about seven feet deep.

Conley said authorities can't rule out foul play at this time. "It's our duty to investigate the circumstances and then come up with a conclusion [and] determine how this death occurred," he said.

Update at 12 p.m.: The body found in the reservoir is that of Franco Garcia, according to a preliminary identification, the district attorney has just announced.

Franco Garcia was last seen just after midnight on Feb. 22. (Facebook)
Franco Garcia was last seen just after midnight on Feb. 22. (Facebook)

Update at 10:00 a.m.: WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov, who's at the scene, tweets:

Divers look like they've removed the body from the reservoir - still no ID even if it's male or female

Earlier, she reported that Garcia's family is at the reservoir.

Original post:

State Police are on scene this morning at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, where an unidentified body has been found.

The reservoir has been the main point of search for missing Boston College student Franco Garcia, who was last seen on Feb. 22. Police have said Garcia left a bar near campus just after midnight on Feb. 22, and then ATM images captured Garcia soon after. About an hour later, his cellphone pinged off a tower by the reservoir.

A search of the reservoir late last month — which involved divers and sonar — turned up nothing.

Garcia, 21, is from Newton.

We'll have more as this story develops.

This program aired on April 11, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.



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