Police and family are asking for help finding Max Maisel, a student at RIT in Rochester who went missing on Sunday.

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Rochester is about 90 minutes northwest of Ithaca. News of Maisel’s disappearance has spread across the state and country; he is the son of an ESPN reporter.

Max Maisel

Here’s what RIT’s university news service said:

Family members of missing RIT student Max Maisel held a news conference Wednesday to thank the community and ask people to continue to step forward with any information that may help locate their son.

Maisel, a third-year professional photographic illustration student from Fairfield, Conn., was last seen Sunday evening leaving his RIT campus apartment at Perkins Green.

“We don’t know where Max is,” said his father, Ivan Maisel, of Fairfield, Conn., at the news conference at the Charlotte Pier at Ontario Beach Park where Maisel’s car was found on Monday. “That is very hard to deal with. We have more questions than we have answers.”

“We love you and we miss you,” said his mother, Meg Murray.

Ivan Maisel thanked area law enforcement who he said are diligently working on the case, and thanked RIT for its support. He urged anyone who may have seen Max to contact 911 to help them reconstruct events prior to his disappearance.

RIT officials are assisting police and are in contact with the Maisel family.

If you have any information, please contact Rochester Police Department Investigator Kevin Wehbring at 585-428-6293.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.