Investigation Continues into Death of Oil City Man Pulled from Allegheny River

| May 30, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Authorities are continuing their investigation following confirmation of the identity of the dead body found in the Allegheny River on Monday morning.

(Photo by Nicole Marie.)

On Tuesday, Venango County Coroner Christina Rugh confirmed the identity of the dead body as Daniel Kulling, of Oil City.

Kulling was reported missing in late December of 2017.

Oil City Police Chief Wenner told exploreVenango.com, “The investigation has been ongoing since Kulling’s disappearance in December, and the investigation will continue.”

“As with any investigation, we have received great cooperation from all of the law enforcement agencies involved.”

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Franklin-based State Police responded to the Allegheny River late Monday morning for a dead body found by kayakers approximately .5 miles south of the Oil City Marina, in Cranberry Township, Venango County.

The dead body was discovered near the shoreline.

Family members had last seen Kulling at his residence the night of December 23. After three days of searches conducted by family members, a missing person report was filed at the Oil City Police Department.

Police, in conjunction with the Cherrytree Township Volunteer Fire Department’s K-9 Search and Rescue Unit, conducted several searches of various areas – along with the cooperation of Kulling’s family.

On January 15, 2018, Oil City Police Chief Bob Wenner confirmed that two arrests resulted from the investigation into Kulling’s disappearance.

On January 11, an Ohio woman, 26-year-old Deidra Rose Cunningham, of Medina, Ohio, and 30-year-old Timothy Michael Geiger, of Oil City, were arrested on drug and other charges.

An interview was conducted with a known male on December 30, 2017, at the Oil City Police Department. He told officers that Cunningham was bringing in large amounts of crystal methamphetamine from the Akron/Cleveland Ohio and that she is able to purchase meth at a cheap enough price that she could sell the drug in the Oil City area cheaper than any other drug dealer.

Further investigation into the related incidents indicated Cunningham stole a .380 caliber handgun from a known man while at a residence on Hoffman Avenue in Oil City.

Police conducted several interviews and others corroborated information relating to the drug activity conducted by Cunningham and of Cunningham possessing the .380 caliber firearm.

Through the course of the investigation, police also learned Cunningham was previously convicted of felony drug-trafficking charges in Ohio, this charge disqualifying Cunningham from possessing firearms in the state of Pennsylvania.

Based on information previously obtained, the Oil City Police, along with Sugarcreek Borough Police Department and Agents of the Pennsylvania Probation and Parole, traveled to the Knights Inn in the Sugarcreek Borough and served the arrest warrant on Cunningham.

She was found in the company of Timothy Geiger, who was wanted as an absconder from the Board of Probation and Parole. Geiger was taken into custody based on that status and subsequently arraigned on new criminal charges of possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Cunningham was charged with four felony offenses related to drug trafficking, including:

– Delivery of Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, or Cosmetic, Felony
– Person Not to Possess, Use, Etc. Firearm, Felony
– Firearms Not to Be Carried w/o License, Felony
– Criminal Conspiracy, Felony

Her case is being processed in the Venango County Court of Common Pleas with a court date set for June 25.

She remains lodged in the Venango County Jail on $50,000.00 cash bail.

On May 21, Geiger pleaded guilty to the following charges:

– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor (January 12, 2018 incident)
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3 (August 20, 2017 incident)

Geiger remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

His sentencing is scheduled for July 19.


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