While police continue to investigate the disappearance of Franco Garcia, friends and family are maintaining search and outreach efforts online and through social media.
Earlier this week, a website was started to compile information about the missing Boston College student, who works at the CVS on Harvad Street in Waltham. Findfranco.org includes photos and resources for those looking to help in the search as well as a section where people can submit tips.
Those who visit the site can also find copies of "Find Franco" flyers to distribute as well as a link to donate to the Find Franco search fund, which has raised $7,000.
It's been more than three weeks since the Boston College senior disappeared after leaving a Cleveland Circle bar. The 21-year-old West Newton resident was last seen on Feb. 22 at Mary Ann's bar around 12:15 a.m. ATM surveillance photos show him walking through Cleveland Circle around 12:18 a.m.
Since his disappearance, Newton, Boston, BC and State police have scoured the area and nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir with negative results. Newton Police, the leading agency in the case, is continuing the investigation and following up with any leads they come across.
Meanwhile, the Find Franco Facebook group has grown to more than 3,000 members and includes 15 documents that organize volunteer services, ideas for fundraisers, outreach efforts and lists of businesses that have donated to the search.
Family and friends on the Facebook page have also compiled theories as to what may have happened to Garcia, and submitted the list of ideas to both police and a private investigator that has donated his services to the family.
A document posted on the Facebook page indicates that the Chestnut Hill-based PI, Justin Billard, is working long hours on "both old and new leads," and is encouraging family and friends to keep the case in the public eye.
Staying visible is on the minds of family and friends; they have organized multiple "walks for Franco" that take place on Sunday afternoons in Cleveland Circle. According to a post on the Find Franco Facebook page, more than 200 people showed up for the most recent walk on March 11.
Anyone with information about Garcia's disappearance is asked to contact Newton Police at 617-796-2100 or Massachusetts State Police at 617-727-4812. Those who are interested in helping with the search efforts can join the Find Franco Facebook group, Tweet @FindFranco or visit Findfranco.org for more information.
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