The body of a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) worker, who's been missing since February, has been found, according to multiple reports.
"The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the body recovered in the Chattahoochee River in NW Atlanta late Tuesday to be missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham", Atlanta police tweeted. He also talked to his supervisor about a raise and reportedly told several coworkers he was upset about not getting the promotion to branch manager, Fox News reported. The preliminary cause of death is drowning.
According to Major Michael O'Connor, with the Major Crimes Section of the Atlanta Police Department, the river is not far from Cunningham's home.
Cunningham's parents, who live in Waldorf, Md., said their son kept in constant contact with his family, and talked with his sister almost every day. Cunningham was also known to be a jogger, and was wearing his "favorite jogging shoes" when he was found.
Police previously had said they had no evidence of foul play but couldn't rule it out.
Cunningham, 35, was last seen on February 12, after leaving the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked as an epidemiologist.
"The most unusual factor in this case is that every single belonging that we are aware of was located in the residence", O'Connor said. "His keys, his cell phone, credit cards, debit cards, wallet, all of his identification". O'Connor said the department's missing person investigation could come to a close in the next few weeks.
Friends said Cunningham was smart and caring, with a big grin and big hugs to match. Each time, they felt heart-wrenching agony, they said, only to learn it wasn't their son. "I wish I had that opportunity to answer that text", she said later.
The Harvard graduate had worked on tackling the Ebola and Zika outbreaks before his death. Colleagues said he left after feeling unwell. "I won't call it a dark place, but they are lows".
"As a parent, you have indicators when things are just not right with your child, and that was the case", he said.