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Letter to the Community Regarding the Search for Franco Garcia


February 29, 2012

Dear Boston College Community Member:

Law enforcement continues their search for Franco Garcia, the Woods School of Advancing Studies student who went missing on the evening of February 21, 2012. As you know, many members of the Boston College community are also working with law enforcement and Franco’s family to assist with this search effort and we continue to have hope for Franco’s safe return. 

This incident has affected many in our community and I want to remind you that the University has a number of resources available to students, including our Counseling Services Office at x2-3310, the Office of Residential Life at x2-3060, the Office of the Dean for Student Development at x2-3470, and Campus Ministry at 2-3475. If you wish to talk with someone outside of our regular office hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), please contact the Boston College Police Department at x2-2440 at any time (24/7). BCPD can put you in touch with our psychologist on call (24/7), as well as the resident minister on call (24/7). 

We will share news regarding the search for Franco as it becomes available. The Newton Police Department, the law enforcement agency in charge of this investigation, asks that anyone with information regarding this case contact them at 617-796-2100. All police agencies are involved in search-related activities.  The BCPD contact person is Sergeant Jeff Postell ( who should be contacted to ensure that all search-related activities are coordinated and meet with the approval of local and State Police officials.

I know you join me in keeping Franco and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, at x2-3280, if we can be of any assistance to you.


Patrick Rombalski
Vice President for Student Affairs