Body found in Chattahoochee River identified as missing CDC worker

Desiree Steele
April 6, 2018

The CDC, however, fired back at the reports and said in March that Cunningham had received an early promotion. Police said there did not appear to be foul play, but they are awaiting a toxicology screen and other testing results.

Cunningham told co-workers that he was "upset" about the decision, authorities have said.

After Cunningham's disappearance, police offered $10,000 as a reward for any clues regarding Cunningham's whereabouts.

Cunningham's family claimed that the 35-year-old had been behaving very strangely before vanishing without a trace two months ago.

Tim was a treasured member of the CDC family and his work as an epidemiologist was invaluable to CDC's efforts to protect the health, safety, and security of Americans.

The CDC said in a statement sent to CNN that Cunningham's "colleagues and friends at CDC are deeply saddened to learn of his death". The manner of Cunningham's death has not yet been determined and it's not clear where exactly he entered the river, which authorities had already searched. He also didn't have access to classified material.

"He told my husband to tell his wife - me - to erase his cellphone number from my cellphone", Tory said. O'Connor told reporters in February. Police spokesman D.T. Hannah told The Post that no further information was available.

On Thursday O'Connor said the circumstances around Cunningham's own death may never be understood. In his home, they found his keys, phone, wallet containing his credit and debit cards and identification, and they even found his passport. Anything you could think of, we've been able to locate.

Cunningham had no Uber or Lyft transactions that day, and his vehicle and dog, Mr. Bojangles, were found at his home, O'Connor added. His father described it as "abnormal" behavior. "And 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".

The only things police could confirm from the scene were that Cunningham was wearing his jogging suit where he was found and had three small crystals - similar to those police said he collected - in his pocket.

"It takes you to a place that the light is not shining in", Terrell Cunningham said.

"At this stage, we're waiting on some information from the medical examiner's office or if someone were to bring new information to us that was relevant, then we would obviously look at that", O'Connor said.

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