Autopsy Will Confirm Body Pulled from Chestnut Hill Reservoir is Missing Boston College Student [Updated]

An autopsy will be under way shortly to confirm the body is Franco Garcia's — and whether any foul play was involved.

Updated 1:46 p.m. with more information from the scene.

Seven weeks after he went missing, officials say that  is that of Boston College student .

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, preliminary information shows that the body in the reservoir is Garcia. Conley said items found on the body as well as clothing helped officials identify Garcia.

Officials will be able to "absolutely" confirm the identification once a full autopsy is complete, Conley said. The autopsy will likely be done today or tomorrow, he said. 

"I'd like to thank the community of Boston, the Boston College community, the city of Newton, the West Newton community...for banding together in common purpose with the hope that we would not be here today," Conley said during the press conference. "This is a sad day, undoubtedly, for the Garcia family and anyone here." 

Conley also said foul play has not been ruled out, and could not comment on whether the body was in the reservoir as the result of an accident. More information on the cause of death will be available after the autopsy. 

In the meantime, Conley said State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk County DA's office will continue the investigation. 

In the coming days and weeks, Conley said the DA's office will be able to offer more information about what might have happened and how Garcia may have passed away.

Justin Billard, a spokesman for the Garcia family, was on scene at the reservoir. Billard said the family is grieving privately at this time and did not wish to be at the official press conference. 

"I want to thank the entire community on behalf of the Garcia family," Billard said. "As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the Garcia family."

Billard, who has been working pro-bono as a private investigator for the Garcia family, thanked all those who provided tips in the investigation. 

"No stone was left unturned," Billard said. "Unfortunately, we ended up here today where we didn't want to be."

Boston College Spokesman Jack Dunn was also on scene to offer his condolences to the family.  

"By any measure, Franco was an outstanding young man," Dunn said. "He was a gifted clarinetist, a popular senior on campus, an aspiring student and very close to his family." 

Dunn said several members of the BC campus ministry and the campus chaplain met with the Garcia family following the news. Grief counselors will be on the Boston College campus to meet with students, Dunn said.

A memorial service at Boston College will be scheduled at the appropriate time, Dunn added.

Grief counselors will also be available in the Newton Public Schools today, according to Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker, as Garcia has a younger brother and sister who attend school in Newton. 

 while out drinking with his friends at Mary Ann's Bar in Cleveland Circle. After he was reported missing, , including a four-day scan of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. 

State Police Spokesman David Procopio said this afternoon that although State Police divers spent four days in the water during the reservoir search, it is possible that Garcia was tangled up in thick grass and weeds and was not detected by sonar cameras or divers. 

A man walking his dog discovered the body just before 8 a.m. today. The body was roughly 18 feet off shore and in water approximately seven feet deep, police said, but part of the body was above the water. 

Throughout the last seven weeks, Garcia's family has held strong in the hopes that Garcia would return home.  and  in Garcia's name. 

Family and friends, in particular Garcia's classmates,  in hopes of getting the word out about Garcia's disappearance. A Facebook group for Garciahas more than 3,300 members and the Twitter account @FindFranco has nearly 500 followers.

Garcia's case gained some national attention when Bruce Springsteen Tweeted and posted on his Facebook wall information about Garcia's disappearance. Springsteen's son attends Boston College. 

One of Garcia's friends and fellow bandmates, Rachel Reis, Tweeted this afternoon: "I'm so numb. I'll love and miss you forvever. #RIPFranco."

Patch has more information and coverage from the scene and will update shortly. For complete coverage of the Franco Garcia case, check out this Franco Garcia page.


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