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ESPN Writer's Son, 21, Missing At College In Upstate New York

Max Maisel
Max Maisel Photo Credit: Rochester Institute of Technology

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The family of a missing 21-year-old student who attends college in Rochester, N.Y., are asking for the public's help in locating him.

Max Maisel, a third-year professional photographic illustration student at the Rochester Institute Of Technology, was last seen Sunday evening leaving the Perkins Green apartment complex on campus.

A car belonging to Maisel, a Fairfield, Conn., resident and son of ESPN senior writer Ivan Maisel, was found Monday near the Charlotte Pier at Lake Ontario.

“We would like to thank the law enforcement personnel from the City of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology who have worked with us in the search for Max," said a statement from the family of Max Maisel.

"We know they are doing everything they can to locate Max. We are heartbroken. At this point we still have more questions than answers. We are asking for the public, including the RIT college community, to help us as we continue our search for Max and try to reconstruct where he has been and when.

"Max was a photographer and was last seen in the vicinity of Charlotte Beach, an area that he had visited for many years. He felt very comfortable there.

"It is an area that sees many other visitors, year-round, including birders with cameras. We ask that anyone who believes they may have recently seen someone matching Max's description report that to the police by calling 911. Our thanks in advance to the people of the Rochester community for whatever help they can provide.”

Rochester police are "trying to develop a strategy to attack the issue of searching the water," Rochester Police Investigator Frank Camp told the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester.

ESPN released a statement in support of the family.

“Our thoughts are with the Maisel family as they face this heartbreaking and emotional situation," said the statement.

"Ivan is a caring and respected member of the ESPN family, and we are hopeful that more information comes to light and good news lies ahead.”

Anyone with information as to Max Maisel’s whereabouts is asked to contact Rochester Police Department Investigator Kevin Wehbring at 585-428-6293.

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