A body has been found in Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta on Tuesday night, April 3, and was identified as the missing CDC employee. The body was pulled from the water and recognized on Thursday, April 5.
35-year-old epidemiologist Dr. Timothy Cunningham worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Chamblee, Georgia. On February 12, he told his supervisor that he was feeling under the weather and went home early. After that, Cunningham vanished.
Police found his phone and wallet inside his vehicle at his house in Bolton. Even his dog was still there. The CDC researcher’s family members were also surprised by his disappearance, sharing that Cunningham was happy and content with his life and job.
However, authorities revealed that Cunningham was probably upset about not getting a promotion on the same day he vanished.
“I think it’s pretty consistent that he was definitely upset, he told several coworkers that he was and he was expecting this promotion,” Atlanta Police Major Michael O’Connor said. “He tells the supervisor he’s not feeling well, he had actually called in sick the two previous work days.”
O’Connor also explained that it was odd to find all of his items, including important belongings, at his home.
“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,” he said. “We’ve gotten with the CDC and gone through making sure his government credit cards aren’t being used, we’ve looked at the browser history at the desktop computer at work to make sure there’s nothing suspicious on it, we’ve checked his swipe card activity.”
Cunningham’s parents shared that they received a disturbing text message from him 24 hours before he disappeared.
They showed the content of the text to the authorities but refused to disclose the possible hint in public.
Police also said that Cunningham tried to call his mother on that same day. However, she missed his call, and he didn’t call again or leave a voicemail.
Cunningham worked in the chronic disease unit, where he won numerous awards such as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2017.
Authorities said that there was no indication that his work at CDC had any links with his disappearance. “We have no indications to this point that were any foul play,” O’Connor said.
There are still many unanswered questions regarding Cunningham’s disappearance. The CDC even fired back at the reports. They said that Cunningham had received an early promotion in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service effective July 1, 2017.
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