Body of Missing Fairfield Native Found in Rochester

Two months after a 21-year-old Fairfield native disappeared from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, authorities pulled his body from Lake Ontario.

Max Maisel was found dead Friday in Rochester. Maisel, a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, was last seen leaving an on-campus apartment complex on Feb. 22, according to police.

His car turned up the next day near Lake Ontario's Charlotte Pier. Family members said Maisel's body was recovered from the lake on Friday, April 17.

According to NBC affiliate WHEC, Maisel was a college junior studying photographic illustration and the son of ESPN writer Ivan Maisel.

The Maisel family released a statement Monday thanking the U.S. Coast Guard and Rochester Police Department for bringing closure to the case.

"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," his parents wrote. "Now we must get on with living with this hole in our lives."

Rochester police said a medical examiner identified the body on Monday. Officials are still trying to figure out how and why Maisel died, but police said after he disappeared that nothing suggested foul play.

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