Memorial Planned for ESPN Writer’s Son

Photography student Max Maisel went missing in Rochester on Sunday, February 22.

MaiselFamilyAlthough the search for Max Maisel, the missing son of ESPN senior writer Ivan Maisel, was concluded on Monday, the Rochester Police Department investigation will remain active. On Tuesday, via a released statement, the family eloquently thanked local law enforcement officials and other agencies for their combined efforts:

They searched when treacherous weather said they shouldn’t. They searched when common sense said they shouldn’t. They combed some sections of the waterfront more than a dozen times. We appreciate their collective effort and the resources that the people of Rochester and Monroe County have devoted to finding Max…

The caring and concern we have felt in Rochester has made us appreciate this community in a way that we couldn’t have imagined. In this, the darkest hour of our lives, we have seen so much good in people. We will never forget your kindness.

Max, a talented third-year photography student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, knew the area at the confluence of the Genesee River and Lake Ontario where he disappeared well. Growing up, he spent many a summer and holiday weekend at a house owned by his aunt just a mile away.

Despite a lack of official closure, the Maisels must presume the worst. A memorial has been scheduled for Friday March 27 at Congregation Bnai Israel in Bridgeport, CT. Anyone interested in attending is being asked to contact the ESPN writer directly (ivan-dot-maisel at gmail). The Maisel family has been – and remains – in our thoughts.

Update (April 20):
A body found in the area on Friday, April 17 has been positively confirmed as being that of Maisel. RIP.
 
[Photo of Max and family at his sister’s Stanford University 2014 graduation via: @whec_rfath]