Body found in reservoir is missing BC student
Apr 11, 2012 (Boston Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Preliminary examination of a body pulled this morning from the Chestnut Hill reservoir indicates it is Franco Garcia, the Boston College student who went missing exactly seven weeks ago after leaving a Cleveland Circle bar, the district attorney said today.
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said the clothing, body type and items found with the body all point to it being Garcia, although an autopsy today, tomorrow or Friday will confirm authorities' initial identification.
"No stone was left unturned," said Justin Billard, a private investigator and spokesman for Garcia's family. "We end today where we didn't want to be."
Garcia's family members were at the reservoir this morning, but left after huddling with authorities and before Conley announced the preliminary identification of the body.
Police recovered the body from the Chestnut Hill reservoir this morning after a man out walking his dog saw it floating on the water and alerted authorities.
State police spokesman Dave Procopio said the man spotted the partially submerged body about 20 feet offshore at about 7:45 a.m. The man did not have a cell phone, Procopio added, so he hailed two joggers who then called 911 for help.
Conley said body was found 18 feet from the shore in about seven feet of heavily weeded water.
Police had searched the reservoir for four days in late February after Garcia went missing after leaving Mary Ann's, a popular student hangout, on Feb. 22. Garcia's cell phone was last tracked to the area around the reservoir.
Conley said the heavy vegetation under the surface of the reservoir may have played a role in police's inability to find Garcia during that initial search.
Procopio said during police's initial search in February, there was no signs to indicate that a person had fallen into the water. When asked if police believed body had been in water for seven weeks, he said the autopsy will answer that question.
When asked if any foul play was involved, Conley said, "We can't foreclose anything."
Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn, who also spoke a press conference beside the reservoir, said Garcia was a popular student and a "gifted clarinetist" who will be missed by the BC community, where grief counselors are on hand for students and staff.
Billard, the private investigator, said the family is grieving privately. "This doesn't bring complete closure," said Billard. "This is another step. This might just open up as many questions for the family as much as the disappearance itself."
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