It was not the ending anyone had hoped for, but it was an ending, nonetheless. The frantic overnight search for a missing college student has ended in tragedy.
Boston Police say the body of 19-year-old Maximilliam Carbone was found in the Roxbury area of Boston on Sunday morning after an extensive search for the missing student.
The Boston Globe is reporting, “The body of Maximillian Carbone, a 19-year-old Wentworth Institute of Technology student, was found Sunday morning at the base of a rocky slope in Roxbury, police confirmed.”
Carbone had last been seen at a party on Friday night. He is reported leaving the venue around 1:00 or 2:00 Saturday morning. No one had seen him since.
Sunday's tragic discovery put an end to a frantic search that brought together over 100 family members, students, and townspeople whose one goal was to locate the young man before it was too late.
But that was not to be.
WCVB reports “the search for Maximillian Carbone ended with the discovery of the body in the woods in the Roxbury area. The body was discovered not far from where Carbone was last seen Saturday morning while at a party.”
Drew McGlynn, a student at Northeastern has an apartment that looks out over where Carbone was found.
“His Mission Hill apartment building sits at the top of the rocky slope, where police sources say they’re looking into the possibility that Carbone may have slipped and fell [sic].
“Carbone's body was discovered Sunday morning near the bottom of the hill, hidden in the rugged terrain of brush and rubble.”
McGlynn, who did not know Carbone personally, speculated on what may have happened.
"He must've crossed the fence, it's a pretty sheer drop off; he must've just slipped.”
Family and friends reacted to the news, and their pain is gut-wrenching.
“Our hearts are broken,” Carbone’s parents said in a statement provided by Wentworth Sunday afternoon. “Max was a sweet, happy, and loving son, brother, and friend. He was a hard-working student who cared about helping people. He will be missed dearly.”
At this time, police do not believe Carbone’s death was under “suspicious circumstances,” but an investigation is underway to determine how the young man spent the last moments of his life.
Alcohol may have played a role in the death, according to school officials and authorities.
"I know they were at a gathering and I know alcohol was involved," said Bill Powers, the Wentworth Director of Public Safety, of the incident. "To what extent, I really don't know."
Carbonne was a sophomore at Wentworth Technical Institute and was studying biomedical engineering.
Please join us in praying for Max' family and the entire Wentworth Community as they grieve the loss of one of their own. May he rest in peace.