Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
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Body of Missing CDC Worker Found

Body of Missing CDC Worker Found

The investigation is still under way, so the manner of death has not been determined, the medical examiner said. Authorities later found his auto and his dog at his home.

It's not clear where Cunningham entered the river, which had been previously searched, officials said.

Friends also found the disappearance troublingly out of character.

Maj. Michael O'Connor of the Atlanta Police Department stressed that "things are fluid and things can change", but as of Thursday afternoon, there were no indications of foul play. According to the Atlanta Police Department, he had recently spoken to a supervisor about why he was passed over for a promotion. He had also called in sick February 8 and 9, the two previous workdays, O'Connor said.

At the CDC, Cunningham was a team leader and researched health differences related to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and geography.

Officers said Cunningham had tried calling his mother on February 12 but she missed the call and he didn't leave a voicemail.

Sgt. Stafford said the area where Cunningham was found was inaccessible through walking. He was an epidemiologist working in the Centers For Disease Control's chronic disease unit.


Almost two weeks later, the CDC said that information was untrue.

"The most unusual factor, in this case, is that every single belonging that we are aware of was located in the residence so his keys, cell phone, debit cards, credit card, wallet", said O'Connor.

The area - not far from Cunningham's home - was inaccessible by walking, police said, and they struggled to find a place to launch a boat to reach his remains.

Cunningham's father, Terrell, told the New York Times that he had concerns after recent interactions with his son, whom he described as focused on a host of professional and personal issues.

Officials made the gruesome discovery in Northwest Atlanta earlier this week and on Thursday confirmed the body was that of Timothy Cunningham.

He was also well regarded in the community, where he earned the Outstanding Atlanta award in 2014 in recognition of his "service, leadership and achievements of Atlanta young professionals" and named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 under 40 past year. His work as a Public Health Service commander including responding to public health emergencies such as the Ebola virus and Zika virus.

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