Former Grand Valley State University Quarterback Cullen Finnerty missing Since 5/26/13 in Lake County, MI (Update: Founded Deceased)

 

30 year old Cullen Finnerty, the former quarterback of Grand Valley State University, has been missing since Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Lake County, Michigan. Cullen Finnerty went fishing on Baldwin Lake and did not return Sunday night. According to authorities, his parents owns a cabin near Bray Creek State Forest Campground. Finnerty was dropped off by family members and later called his wife when he was done fishing. Police were able to find the small pontoon boat he was using to fish. The last point of contact came in the form of a phone call from Finnerty to his brother-in-law just after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Authorities are searching for Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback who led Grand Valley State to three Division II national football championships after he failed to return from fishing near his northern Michigan cabin.

The Lake County sheriff’s department says the search continued Monday evening for the 30-year-old Finnerty, who didn’t return Sunday night. WZZM-TV says his family owns a cabin near Bray Creek State Forest Campground.

Former GVSU QB missing in Lake County

 UPDATE I: Rescue crews spent the day Monday searching for a former Grand Valley State University quarterback.

Monday afternoon, divers and emergency crews were searching for Finnerty, according to 7&4 News. Mitchell said he was visiting his in-laws at their cabin. He was last seen when they dropped him off at the river around 8:30 p.m., the station reported.

The last point of contact came in the form of a phone call from Finnerty to his brother-in-law just after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, 7&4 News reported. Finnerty didn’t know where he was, but then his call dropped out.

Mitchell said Finnerty’s former teammate told him that when Finnerty’s in-laws went to search for Finnerty, they found his small pontoon boat on the shore, and some of his fishing equipment was still inside it.

However, there was no trace of Finnerty.

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If you have any information about Finnerty’s whereabouts, call the Lake County Sheriff’s Department at 231.745.2712.

UPDATE II: Sad news to report, Cullen Finnerty’s body has been found late last night.

A former star college quarterback was found dead in northern Michigan on Tuesday night, two days after he went missing while on a fishing excursion, his former university said.

Grand Valley State University tweeted around 9:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. ET) Tuesday that the body of Cullen Finnerty had been found near Baldwin, Michigan. This came after an intensive search by police, firefighters and ex-teammates on Tuesday.

“The Grand Valley community is saddened to learn of the death of former Laker quarterback Cullen Finnerty,” the school said.



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    7 Responses to “Former Grand Valley State University Quarterback Cullen Finnerty missing Since 5/26/13 in Lake County, MI (Update: Founded Deceased)”

    1. Tamikosmom on May 28th, 2013 3:24 pm

      30 year old Cullen Finnerty, the former quarterback of Grand Valley State University, has been missing since Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Lake County, Michigan. Cullen Finnerty went fishing on Baldwin Lake and did not return Sunday night. According to authorities, his parents owns a cabin near Bray Creek State Forest Campground. Finnerty was dropped off by family members and later called his wife when he was done fishing.

      Posted May 28, 2013 by Scared Monkeys

      +++++++

      I sincerely hope that the outcome of this missing person’s case implies that Cullen Finnerty’s family members will not think back to May 26, 2013 recalling that they “drove away without knowing …”

      I DROVE AWAY WITHOUT KNOWING

      Loving Natalee
      A Mother’s Testament of Hope and Faith
      By Beth Holloway with Sunny Tillman

      Page 14-15: On Thursday May 26, 2005, Natalee came into my bedroom at three o’clock in the morning to tell me it was almost time to go. Everyone was gathering at a friend’s house for the ride to the airport. My job was to pick everyone up at the airport when they returned on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2005.

      While Natalee was going to be out of town, Jug was going to his lake house to visit with his family and friends. In our marriage, the second for both of us, we rarely vacationed together. My son, Matt, had made his own plans with friends for the weekend, so it was the perfect time for me to take a much-needed, overdue trip to my family’s lake house in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I had not been there in a very long time. Birmingham is about nine hours away, so it was just too long a drive since moving here to make the trip on a regular basis. I was very much looking forward to visiting with my family. Everyone’s plans were made.

      In the wee hours on this Thursday morning Natalee and I loaded her things in the back of the car and headed off to her friend’s house. It was very dark at that hour, and we were both only half awake. But we did talk some. Small talk. We reviewed what she had packed, going through a mental checklist of passport, cash, camera, sunscreen, and the like. When we arrived at her friend’s house, she came to life. The adventure she had been excitedly awaiting for months was finally about to begin. She jumped out of the car and bounced to the back to get her bag. I got out and walked around the car to help her. She gathered her things and looked up long enough for me to kiss her on the cheek.

      “I love you! Have a great time!” I told her.

      She replied, “Bye, Mom! Love you!” and slung her purple duffel bag over her shoulder.

      The bag made her walk slightly bent to its opposite side. I got back in the car as she made her way up the long walkway to the front door. Turning the car around to leave, I stopped and looked back over my shoulder to see her go inside. The front door of the house opened just wide enough for her to slip in. I saw her silhouette in the beam of light that shone from inside. The light narrowed as the door closed, then disappeared completely. It was pitch-black again. I DROVE AWAY NOT KNOWING THAT IT WOULD BE THE LAST TIME I WOULD EVER SEE NATALEE.

    2. Tamikosmom on May 28th, 2013 3:52 pm

      THE LAST TIME

      Portrait of a Monster
      by Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson

      May 29th 5pm – Stephany’s father, Ricardo Flores, tells police Stephany stopped by the house briefly before heading out for a night on the town. This will be THE LAST TIME anyone in the family sees Stephany again.

      May 29th 9:49 pm Ricardo Flores speaks to Stephany on the phone. She turns down dinner an invitation to join the family for dinner. This is THE LAST TIME Ricardo Flores will speak to his daughter.

      http://pulitzerandthompson.com/exclusive-peruvian-timeline-and-documents/

    3. Tamikosmom on May 28th, 2013 4:02 pm

      UPDATE

      Source: Signal from Cullen Finnerty’s cell phone picked up
      May 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      BALDWIN, MI — A signal from Cullen Finnerty’s cell phone was picked up 11 miles north of where the former Grand Valley State quarterback was last seen near the Bray Creek Campground, sources close to the search told MLive.

      According to sources, a team of five volunteers and one trained search professional were headed to the area where the cell phone was traced to continue the search.

      Read more:
      http://www.mlive.com/sports/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/05/source_in_cullen_finnerty_disa.html

    4. Tamikosmom on May 28th, 2013 4:35 pm
    5. Tamikosmom on May 28th, 2013 9:32 pm

      UPDATE

      Body of ex-Grand Valley State QB Cullen Finnerty found
      10:16 p.m. EDT May 28, 2013

      Finnerty was found wearing fishing waders and a camouflaged jacket. He was in the woods about a half mile north of where he disappeared while on a fishing trip. There were no apparent injuries and no signs of foul play, according to Hilts.

      “There was nothing obvious to us, to the view, of anything that would have caused his death,” Hilts said.

      An autopsy will be performed.

      http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/05/28/cullen-finnerty-grand-valley-state-found-dead-baldwin-michigan/2368123/

    6. Enchantment on May 28th, 2013 11:29 pm
    7. mikakathir on May 29th, 2013 12:45 am

      NCAA QB Player Cullen Finnerty Found Dead Photos, Cause of Death, Autopsy Revealed:

      http://tinyurl.com/Cullen-Finnerty-Found-Dead

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