Burlington Central graduate drowns in Wisconsin

Updated 9/7/2015 10:33 PM

The body of 18-year-old Marquis Hough, a recent Burlington Central High School graduate, was found in Wisconsin's Redgranite Quarry Monday morning.

Hough had failed to resurface in the quarry while swimming on Sunday. Authorities began looking for Hough Sunday afternoon and found his body at 9:30 a.m. Monday.


Efforts to reach Hough's family were unsuccessful, but his father, Bill Hough, posted on Facebook that his son was visiting a friend's cabin when they decided to swim in the quarry.

While they were swimming, Hough called out for help because he was cramping, the post says.

Hough went under the water. His friend attempted to help but could not locate him.

A gofundme account was set up to help Hough's family pay for funeral expenses.

"Marquis had a warm personality, was kind, respectful, extremely bright, and always willing to be of help," the Web page says. "He had such a gracious, resilient spirit. Anyone who knew Marquis was well acquainted with his smile! He truly was a gentleman in the making"

According to the page, Hough had been accepted into the Navy's nuclear program and was preparing to leave for the program.

This was the third drowning at Redgranite Quarry this year.

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