REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WCMH) — The body of Reynoldsburg teenager was recovered from Lake Erie Sunday afternoon. Witnesses say 19-year-old Henry Stout was swept off the Huron pier and into the water by high waves Saturday evening.
Martial arts instructor Dale Ullom says he first met Stout about 10 years ago. He says Stout had an unusual thirst for learning. “He didn’t have a fear of things,” Ullom said. “It was just the opposite. Where most kid may be hesitant, he got excited about things that he wasn’t sure of and he was the kind of kid that just loved life and loved to be adventurous.”
Ullom says Stout earned his black belt last year. He said younger students looked up to Stout and parents were asking for private lessons with him.
“He just had that kind of personality that was bubbly, that was easy to connect with and the parents noticed it right away through their kids,” Ullom said.
Instructor Elmann Cabotage says Stout had been especially kind to his son.
“Henry was a real free-spirited guy,” Cabotage said. “He was the guy that wasn’t afraid to go out and live his life and challenge himself.”
Officials in Huron say they searched for Stout by boat Saturday night and Sunday morning but that conditions did not allow for divers until Sunday afternoon. That’s when they recovered the body – close to where witnesses say he went in.
At Ullmon’s Martial Arts center in Reynoldsburg, news of Stout’s death hints hard. “He was by far one of the most likable instructors and teenage black belts that we had, Ullmon said. “He was just that kind of a kid that that was growing up, maturing but at the same time still trying to hang on to that excitement of being a kid.”