The body that was discovered in Lake Ontario on Friday has been identified as 21-year-old Max Maisel, son of ESPN college football writer, Ivan Maisel. According to USA Today Sports, Max, who was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology was last seen on February 22 at Charlotte Pier, and his car was found parked nearby.
Sporting News reports that police had been searching for Max until the Maisel family made the statement that their beloved Max was presumed drowned followed by a memorial service a few days following.
On Friday, April 17, a fisherman saw a body floating in the water around 7:30 p.m. A medical examiner identified the remains as that of the missing young man, but the cause of death has not been released.
Ivan Maisel and his wife, Meg Murray, released a statement to the Rochester Police Monday afternoon.
“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, CT, 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.”
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