The parents of the Fairfield student missing in upstate New York issued a statement Sunday acknowledging that the search for their son may end in tragedy.

Meanwhile, authorities leading the search for 21-year-old Max Maisel said Thursday there have been no developments in the case despite renewed efforts by scuba teams to search the icy Genesee River near the site where his car was found Feb. 23.

"No updates to report on the search," Jackie Shuman, a spokeswoman for Rochester, N.Y., police, said Thursday. "Our scuba team searched Monday and Tuesday. We're waiting until the weather cooperates to resume."

Maisel, a third-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology studying photography, was last seen leaving his on-campus residence the evening of Feb. 22.

"While (law-enforcement officials) have urged us not to leap to any conclusions about Max's fate, logic indicates that it will not end well," Ivan Maisel and Meg Murray, the parents of the missing student, said in a joint statement Sunday afternoon. "We continue to be buoyed by the love and support of friends and family from across the country."

Max Maisel, a Fairfield Warde High School graduate, is the second oldest of the couple's three children. The family lives on Southwood Road in the Stratfield section of town; Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for

Red ribbons are tied to trees in the neighborhood as a sign of support for the family.

"We want to thank the Rochester Police Department and other local law-enforcement agencies for their heroic work in severe conditions," Max's parents said in the statement.

A day after Maisel was last seen, his car was found near a pier on the Genesee River, an area where the family has vacationed for many summers.

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