Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Missing CDC worker found dead two months later

Statement To The Media From Acting CDC Director RADM Anne Schuchat, MD | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC Body of missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham found
Marty Perkins | 06 April, 2018, 04:16

A body found in the Chattahoochee River has been identified as missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee Timothy Cunningham, authorities announced Thursday.

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.

"Barring new information coming forward, we may never be able to tell you how he got into the river".

According to Cunningham's next-door neighbor, Viviana Tory, Cunningham said something odd to her husband the day he went missing. The scientist was wearing his favorite running shoes, O'Connor added.

Timothy Cunningham, 35, was last seen by coworkers while leaving the CDC in Chamblee, Georgia on February 12.

During a news conference, police said there is no indication of foul play, and while they are still waiting on a final report from the medical examiner, it appears that Cunningham drowned.

In a news conference on February 27, Atlanta police said Cunningham had been passed over for a promotion the week before he disappeared.




O'Connor has stressed that investigators have not uncovered any evidence that Cunningham's promotion snub was directly linked to his disappearance. In his home, they found his keys, phone, wallet containing his credit and debit cards and identification, and they even found his passport. "None of those items are missing", O'Connor said.

His family said he called out sick from work and was not seen or heard from since that day.

The manner of death has not been determined at this time, the medical examiner said. Officials with the CDC said he actually received an early promotion to Commander, effective July 1, which contradicted what was said during a police news conference.

Friends also found the disappearance troublingly out of character.

With more than 16 years of experience in public health, he'd co-authored 28 publications on topics ranging from sleep deprivation to pulmonary disease, with a special focus on how health issues affect minorities.

By outward appearances, Cunningham seemed to have a successful career. "As a parent, you have indicators when things are just not right with your child, and that was the case".

His CDC biography says he was a "team lead" with the Division of Population Health and had deployed for several public health emergencies "including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika".

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