NEWTON (CBS) – Nine days after her son, 21-year-old Franco Garcia, disappeared without a trace, his mother Luzmila remains desperate for information.
“Nobody can disappear,” she said. “The place is not that big.” She’s referring to Boston College where Garcia was a chemistry major and musician. He was last seen at a popular off-campus bar called Mary Ann’s on February 22, attending a Mardi Gras celebration with a group of friends.
Classmate Rachele Reis says it was crowded, and no one saw him leave. “He had no reason to walk away that I know of. We’re trying not to make theories, trying not to speculate because that leads to rumors,” she said.
WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports
Reis was among those organizing a prayer vigil at Boston College Thursday night. At Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Newton, another service was held to support the Garcia family.
Luzmila Garcia last spoke to her son by cell phone on February 21 when he was leaving a job at the CVS pharmacy in Waltham to head to classes at BC. “He said ‘I love you’,” she said. Since then divers have combed the Chestnut Hill Reservoir near the campus scanning the bottom using side-scan sonar. They’ve also searched nearby woods with the help of teams of Garcia’s friends.
His picture has been posted throughout the city of Newton, and his mother won’t give up hope. “I give all my faith to God he’s going to give me back my son,” said Luzmila Garcia.
The family is also now working with a private investigator in their search for answers.