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Cullen Finnerty missing, GVSU football team assisting in search

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  • WEBBER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- 60 volunteers, including Grand Valley State University football players and coaches are in Lake County searching for former quarterback, Cullen Finnerty.

    GVSU football coach Matt Mitchell says former coach and current Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin is among those in Lake County.

    Finnerty was last seen fishing Sunday evening on the Baldwin River, northeast of Baldwin. His family owns a cabin near Bray Lake.

    Police say Finnerty called his wife and in-laws to come and pick him up and he sounded scared. When they got there they found his small pontoon boat, but he was gone.

    Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts told the Ludington Daily News Finnerty had a "nervous episode" and ran into the woods.

    Finnerty was the quarterback of the Grand Valley State Lakers, leading the team to three national championships in 2003, 2005, and 2006.

    The Lake County Sheriff's Department says volunteer searchers, as well as crews from the Michigan State Police and area fire departments are assisting in a systematic and methodical search for Finnerty. The search is centered around section #25 of Webber Township.

    The Lake County Sheriff's Department has also used search dogs and an aerial unit. Authorities say no more volunteers are needed and all current volunteers should not search for Finnerty on their own.

    A bus full of GVSU football players and coaches pulled out of Allendale this morning, bound for Baldwin.   Coach Mitchell told reporters Finnerty was more than a championship quarterback - he was "a great teammate - a very loyal person to the people in the locker room - he had a tremendous number of great friendships.. I think that's another reason why so many people are coming to his aid because of those relationships that were formed during the years when he was here as a player."

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