Missing Teacher Christopher Tully Confirmed In Schuylkill River: Bipolar Disorder To Blame?

Missing teacher Christopher Tully has been found, but unfortunately with tragic results.

According to a report from CBS Philly, family members confirmed that a body pulled from the Schuylkill River is that of the missing Bucks County teacher.

The body was found around 1:15 p.m. on Sunday and “was caught in the treeline at the river’s edge, and the body was identified as Tully’s Sunday evening,” the site noted.

Christopher Tully was last seen on January 6 in the “early morning hours.” He was a 40-year-old father, and his disappearance touched off extensive searches from K-9 crews.

Tully, a teacher at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, was said to have suffered from bipolar disorder, though it’s not yet apparent that that played any role in his disappearance and death.

The Inquisitr recently reported on a study centering on bipolar disorder and psychosis being linked to early childhood bereavement. While treatments for the condition exist, it seems like most current research focuses on potential causes.

It wasn’t clear what medications, if any, that Christopher Tully may have been taking prior to his disappearance, but police did confirm in a previous report that he had quit taking his medication.

As a teacher, Tully was widely respected, with the school stating that he’d been honored as a C. Thomas Olivo Award recipient in 2011.

The award, established in 1980, is NOCTI’s highest honor and is “reserved for those individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the areas of career and technical education (CTE) and occupational competency assessment.”

Criteria for the award, NOCTI noted, include credibility, expertise, dedication, leadership qualities, knowledge of NOCTI programs and services and participation and contributions to professional associations. More from the release.

“For the past ten years, Chris has taught Multimedia Technology at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology in Jamison, Pennsylvania. During this time, he has taught over 400 students the skills needed to excel in the multimedia field. In addition to teaching at Middle Bucks, Chris is also an adjunct professor for Temple University and Moore College of Art. He provides professional development programs and presents at conferences on the effective use of technology and classroom management.”

“As an innovator, Chris developed unique instructional strategies that integrate 21st century learning skills in order to prepare students for the workforce. He is passionate about changing the current public perception of CTE and highlighting the positive impact that CTE has on today’s youth. This passion led to the development of a website (www.cteduonline.com) which was designed to assist his fellow educators in creating learning environments that promote CTE as well as academic excellence.”

The Inquisitr sends its condolences to the family of Christopher Tully.