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Search continues for graduating senior who disappeared in Virginia quarry

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 18:19:38-04

SCHUYLER, Va. -- The search continued Wednesday for a missing teenager last seen swimming in a Virginia rock quarry.

Henry Christian Morin, 18, of Doswell, disappeared Tuesday evening, according to Albemarle Police. Police were called to the 8700 block of Schuyler Road at about 6 p.m. Tuesday to look for him in the water.

Morin was scheduled to graduate from Patrick Henry High School in Ashland next week.

Rescue and emergency crews from around Albemarle, Nelson County, and Scottsville responded to the quarry in an effort to locate Morin, according to WCAV.

Morin was apparently a part of a group that was swimming in one of the many quarries in the area.

Henry Craig, who lives a few houses away from the quarry, heard several "kids" ran from the area Wednesday evening.

"I don’t know, eight or ten of them, Craig said. "One of the neighbors told me they fell in the road screaming and hollering."

A Hanover County Schools spokesperson said the district if closely monitoring the situation.

"Clearly, we are extremely concerned," a Hanover County Schools spokesperson said about the situation. "In the meantime, we are providing extra support to our students and staff who may need assistance."

On Wednesday, principal of Patrick Henry  High School sent the following message to parents:

I am writing to share some very concerning news with you that I shared with our students and staff earlier today.  Last evening, we received unofficial reports that one of our students may have been involved in a drowning accident in Nelson County yesterday after school.  We have recently learned that the Albemarle County Police Department is conducting an ongoing missing persons investigation involving a Patrick Henry HS senior, Henry Morin, which has been widely shared in the local media.

Although I do not have any further or specific information to share at this time, this is understandably upsetting to us all, and I wanted to ensure you were fully informed of the facts as we currently know them. As always, the well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority.  We have been and will continue to provide extra support for any students and staff members who may be struggling.  Additional school counselors are on-hand to provide the best of care, so please encourage your students to take full advantage of this valuable resource if they are in need of help.

In the meantime, I ask that you please continue to keep Henry, his parents, his brothers, and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.  I appreciate your understanding and support of Patrick Henry HS.  I assure you that I will share any additional information that we may receive with you as soon as possible.

Morin planned to attend the University of Colorado in the fall, according to his social media accounts.

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