OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is continuing to look for two teens who were last seen on New Year's Day—one of whom was swept off the Holland pier by a wave.
Friday, police said the searches are ongoing.
Hunter Klompstra, 18, disappeared in the early morning hours on Jan. 1. Police said he left a friend's New Year's Eve party on foot near the Grand River in Coopersville.
Volunteers and law enforcement started the search on Thursday, conducting an extensive search of the inland area. Members of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office Dive team are now focusing their efforts on a stretch of the Grand River.
Over 75 people volunteered to help look for Klompstra on Thursday. He is described as being 5-foot-5 and 145 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a grey, hooded sweatshirt. He also had on a dark brown coat.
The sheriff's office said they did not need volunteers Friday as the department focused it's search in the Grand River.
So far, Klompstra has not been found. His family said this was completely unlike him and they ask anyone with information to please come forward.
The sheriff's office is also looking for Eliza Trainer, a 16-year-old from Flushing who fell into Lake Michigan on New Year's Day after being swept off the Holland State Park north pier around 11:30 p.m. She is presumed dead, police said.
Trainer and an 18-year-old boy, who has been identified by family as Kade Goodrich, were visiting from the east side of the state to see Lake Michigan for the first time, Sgt. Jay Douglas with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office said. They were both knocked into the rough waters by a wave. Linda Woods, Goodrich’s grandmother, says her grandson held onto Trainer for several minutes as he tried to swim toward the rocks. A wave separated the two and Goodrich ran to get help. Goodrich was hospitalized, but he has since been released.
Crews started the search for Trainer Wednesday night, but it was suspended on Thursday because of dangerous conditions on Lake Michigan. The sheriff's office said conditions Friday remained hazardous because of high wind and waves, but the marine patrol team utilized sonar technology. There was nothing new to report as of 4 p.m. Friday.
Woods, who is also from Flushing, said she and her family will continue to walk the beach until Trainer’s body is found. She said Trainer was like a member of their family especially after Trainer's mother died of cancer several years ago.
A GoFundMe has been started by family friends to raise money for Trainer’s funeral.
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