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.
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.
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.