Authorities on Thursday recovered the body of a Hanover County teenager last seen swimming with friends Tuesday in an abandoned quarry near Schuyler in southern Albemarle County.
Patrick Morin said an Albemarle police detective called him shortly before noon and told him that his 18-year-old son, Henry Christian Morin, had been found. The Patrick Henry High School senior would have graduated June 15, on his 19th birthday, his father said.
“My son died living the way he lived his life — adventurous and fearless,” his father said in a phone interview.
Albemarle police had been searching for the Doswell teen since Tuesday. The police were summoned to assist fire and rescue personnel about 6 p.m. that day in the 8700 block of Schuyler Road, near the road’s intersection with Quarry Hill Lane.
Patrick Morin said a diver located his son on Thursday.
“He was brought up to the surface by somebody’s arms,” he said, his voice shaking.
County officials confirmed that members of the Virginia State Police Search and Recovery Team recovered the body.
The cause of death is under investigation by Albemarle police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The area where Morin had been swimming was the center of soapstone mining from the late 1890s throughout the 20th century. The activity left several deep quarries with ponds that can be 45 feet deep or deeper.
Patrick Morin said his son and some friends had gone swimming after a senior picnic.
“They wanted to go out on an adventure,” Patrick Morin said. “He was always adventuring.”
He said his son, an Eagle Scout, had his motorcycle license, scuba diving certification and was about 10 hours away from his pilot’s license. Henry Morin also was planning to study aeronautical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.
He had recently designed and built a drone.
“He loved to build anything,” said his close friend Cam Boxley. “He loved working on cars. We loved talking about cars. He loved Subarus.”
“He’s so kind; he’s so smart; he’s so generous,” Patrick Morin said. “He’s like one of these remarkable people.”
Hanover school officials expressed deep sadness about the tragedy and informed parents that extra school counselors and other support are available for students.
“There are truly no words that can fully express how much we will all miss Henry,” Chris Martinez, principal of Patrick Henry High School, wrote Thursday in a message to parents. “His life ended way too soon.
“However, Henry will always be a part of the PH family. We will always remember him as a remarkable young man with a smile that brightened up the room and always made others feel welcomed. For those of you who did not know Henry, we ask for your understanding and patience as we deal with this heartache.”
A visitation is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road in Glen Allen. The service will be held at noon, with a reception to follow. The family plans to have him cremated.
“I don’t think we’re going to bury him,” his father said. “He was too much of a free spirit.”
In addition to his father, Henry Morin is survived by his mother, Kate Connolly, and two brothers, Andrew, a 20-year-old cadet at Virginia Military Institute, and William, a 15-year-old student at Patrick Henry High School.