Cullen Finnerty, who had been reported missing over the weekend, was found dead in Michigan on Tuesday night, days after the ex-Raven disappeared while fishing.
Finnerty, 30, who led Grand Valley State University to three Division II national football championships, vanished on Sunday. His body was found at around 8 p.m. local time in woods located within a mile of where he disappeared, according to Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed, but Robinson said that foul play does not seem to have played a part in his death.
The body was not in the water and was discovered in the woods near Webber Township. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Finnerty last spoke to a family member on Sunday night and said that he was “nervous about something,” Sheriff Robert Hilts said earlier Tuesday. 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.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly served as coach for Grand Valley during the team’s 2003 national championship season.
“It’s very chilling,” Kelly said Tuesday, prior to Finnerty’s body being 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.”