Authorities on Thursday recovered the body of a Hanover County teenager last seen Tuesday swimming in an abandoned quarry with friends near Schuyler.
Patrick Morin said an Albemarle County 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 the 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 getting his pilot’s license. Henry Morin also was planning to study aeronautical engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.
He recently had 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,” Patrick Morin said. “He’s so generous. He’s like one of these remarkable people.”
A funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road in Glen Allen. 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 the Virginia Military Institute, and William, a 15-year-old student at Patrick Henry High School.