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Body Found in Lake Ontario Identified as Missing RIT Student

By Staff

 

MaxMaisel-265x300A body found in Lake Ontario has been identified as missing Rochester Institute of Technology student Max Maisel, according to the Rochester Police Department.

Maisel, 21, had been missing since Feb. 22, and had last been seen around the pier at Charlotte Beach.

RPD officials said a fisherman spotted the body Friday, and alerted the coast guard.

Police are still investigating the cause of Maisel’s death.

Maisel’s family has released the following statement through the RPD:

“We would like to thank the U.S. Coast Guard and the Rochester Police Department, including the Office of the Medical Examiner, for their work over the weekend to remove Max’s remains from Lake Ontario and make a positive identification. We appreciate everything they, as well as so many other public safety officials in the region, have done for us over the last eight weeks.”

“We knew this day would come, and we are relieved that it has. But it is merely the postscript to our sad story. We have mourned Max from the night that the Rochester Police called to tell us he was missing. There was no other plausible solution to the puzzle he left behind.”

“Now we must get on with living with this hole in our lives.”

“Death cannot take away the love we continue to have for our son and the love that our daughters have for their brother. Death will not rob us of that.”

“We have our memories of a sweet boy who grew into a sensitive, caring young man. We have his photography, a record of the talent he had just begun to develop. We have the care and concern of family and friends in our home of Fairfield, Connecticut, and across the country. Here again, we must say thanks to the people of Rochester and Monroe County, who took our devastating news and made it their own. Whatever gratitude we express here is wholly inadequate.”

“And we have how desperately we miss him. That will not go away.”

RIT also released the following statement, in part, regarding Maisel’s passing:

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Max’s family and friends. We take comfort in that there is now closure for them, and they will be able to bring Max home.”

Maisel is the son of ESPN senior college football writer Ivan Maisel. RIT said the school will continue to support to the family, and its students, through its Division of Student Affairs.