Funeral Service for Local Teacher Found in Schuylkill River

A viewing and funeral service will be held for a Pennsylvania teacher whose body was found Sunday in the Schuylkill River.

A viewing for Christopher Tully, 40, will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Monti-Rago Funeral Home on 2531-35 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. Another viewing for Tully will be held Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the same home.

Tully's funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church on 11th and Jackson streets in Philadelphia.

Tully's body was pulled from the Schuylkill River around 1:20 p.m. Sunday in the water off Kelly Drive near the Falls Bridge in East Falls.

Tully had gone missing after jumping out of his parent's car along the City Avenue Bridge near East Falls on Jan. 6. He was last seen running south on City Avenue towards the Schuylkill Expressway.

Tully, an award-winning teacher at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and father of three, suffered from depression and was on his way to treatment when he ran away, said his loved ones.

"Even though he's 40, he's still my baby and I want him to come home," said his mother Mary Tully.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a reward for information leading to his whereabouts. The reward reached $10,000.

Investigators have not yet revealed how Tully died. They continue to investigate.

A spokesperson for the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology released a statement on Tully's death.

"Mr. Tully will be remembered as an exemplary teacher who spent 12 years on staff with us, having a positive impact on the lives of our students and all with whom he worked," the spokesperson wrote. "In 2014 he was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educational Teacher by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. We knew him as an outstanding teacher and person."

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