Body of missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham found

Grant Boone
April 6, 2018

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. "I don't know if it's an instinct you have because it's your child, but it was not a normal conversation and I was not comfortable", Terrell Cunningham said about one of the last phone calls he had with his son. The preliminary cause of death is drowning. The Atlanta Journal-Consitution noted that the agency didn't rule out that Cunningham was possibly upset because it wasn't the promotion he wanted. A boat was used to access the body. The scientist was wearing his favorite running shoes, O'Connor added.

"At this point, we have no indicators of foul play", he reiterated. "None of those items are missing", O'Connor said.

Cunningham worked as an epidemiologist working in the CDC's chronic disease unit.

Police say the body of a CDC employee reported missing more than six weeks ago has been found in an Atlanta river.

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At the time, police described Cunningham's disappearance as an "extremely unusual set of circumstances." They said he had had a discussion about that on the morning he was last seen.

Cunningham, who has two advanced degrees from Harvard University, studied the health differences between people from various backgrounds, including race, gender, geography and class, according to his biography on the CDC's website.

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

"In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service", a March 12 statement from the agency said, in part.

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