Cullen Finnerty, former Division II QB, found dead
Former Grand Valley State University quarterback Cullen Finnerty was found dead in the woods of Michigan Tuesday evening.
According to the AP, the 30-year-old went missing on Sunday night after a fishing trip at his family home. Lake County authorities found the former quarterbacks body around 8 p.m. Tuesday night within a mile from his last known location.
A massive search party scoured the Michigan landscape in search of their friend and teammate. In the meantime, the authorities were attempting to track the cell phone that Finnerty had last used.
Finnerty was the starting quarterback for Grand Valley State from 2003-06, and became one of the winningest quarterbacks in Division II history. The quarterback led GVS to three national titles and acquired over 50 wins during his career, cementing his name in the Division II record books.
According to the USA Today, there were no signs of injury to Finnerty when he was found however the cause of death is still undetermined and an autopsy will be performed.
The tragedy has shaken the entire state of Michigan, including former teammates and head coach Brian Kelly who won a Division II national championship with Finnerty in 2003.
“It’s very chilling,” Kelly said before the body was found. “He led me to a national championship as a true freshman. When I left, coach Martin took over and won two more national championships. My heart goes out to the family and to his beautiful wife.”