03/20/2012 09:04 am ET

Franco Garcia, Missing Boston College Student: Still No Clues

A Boston College student is still missing after a three-week search and there are no clues to his whereabouts.

Franco Garcia, a 21-year-old senior at BC, was last seen on Feb. 22 when he went out with friends to a local night spot. He disappeared from Mary Ann's bar shortly after midnight, leaving behind his coat. No one he was with noticed him leave, but private investigator Justin Billard told New England Cable News they're confident someone outside on the street saw something.

The final known photos of Garcia were captured by an ATM at 12:18 a.m.

Numerous searches on campus by BC police haven't produced any clues, and state police came up empty after extensive scans of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The Heights reports there are four police departments and at least 100 officers who have participated in various efforts to find Garcia.

Garcia's family is holding on to hope that the missing student is still alive, and that he may have suffered a head injury or is perhaps being held against his will.

Friends set up a "Find Franco Fund" to help Garcia's family with resources as they search for their missing son. So far, 145 people have raised $7345, which is helping the family to finance a private investigator.

More than 3,000 people have also joined a Find Franco Facebook group. There is a vibrant discussion of different theories about what might have happened to Garcia on the group's wall.

In addition, legendary musician Bruce Springsteen, whose son attends BC, lent support for the effort to find Garcia. Springsteen tweeted about Garcia's disappearance to his 2 million followers on Twitter.



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