Cullen Finnerty, a former quarterback for Grand Valley State University and a three-time Division II national champion who was briefly a member of the Baltimore Ravens, was found dead Tuesday night by rescue workers who had been looking for him since he went missing on Sunday. Finnerty's body was found in the woods near his family's fishing cottage, and while no foul play is suspected, the 30-year-old former quarterback's family is concerned that he was going through a "mental episode" when he went missing.
From the Associated Press:
Finnerty last spoke to a family member [Sunday] night in a phone call in which he said "he was nervous about something," Sheriff Robert Hilts said earlier Tuesday. Based on that call, the family suspected "he might be having some kind of a mental episode—that he was either afraid or something and ran off into the woods," Hilts said.
The sheriff said authorities had been tracking Finnerty's cellphone "until it went dead." The terrain made the search for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound ex-athlete difficult, Hilts said.
"This is the last river that I'd pick to fish," he said, citing logjams and dense brush. "And it's a very tough river to navigate."
Finnerty's cause of death is unknown, but police will be performing an autopsy.