Body of missing CDC worker found; no signs of foul play

Body of missing CDC worker found; no signs of foul play

Authorities Had Previously Searched the Area Where Cunningham was FoundFisherman first discovered Cunningham's body and called authorities, said Stafford.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who mysteriously vanished seven weeks ago has been found dead in a river in northwest Atlanta, authorities said on Thursday.

Preliminary findings show the CDC worker who went missing almost two months ago may have drowned, the Fulton County medical examiner said Thursday.

Fulton County chief medical examiner Dr. Jan Gorniak, tells reporters that a body found in Chattahoochee River Tuesday has been identified as missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham during a news conference Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Atlanta.

Cunningham, a 35-year-old epidemiologist, vanished February 12, not long after learning why he had been passed over for a promotion.

"It's not the type of news you want to hear", Terrell Cunningham, the 35-year-old's father had said. Michael O'Connor of the Atlanta Police told reporters.

Based on everything they have found so far, the medical examiner's office determined the cause of death as drowning finding no other obvious cause or signs of physical trauma before death.

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Police said Cunningham, who was not married, was wearing his favorite running shoes and the "avid collector" of rare stones had three crystals in his pocket, Time reported.

Authorities said Thursday that a cluster of new HIV infections has occurred largely among the homeless and people who inject drugs. It gained so much attention that he CDC had to release a statement condemning the reports as false.

CDC officials said previously that reports Cunningham had been passed over for a promotion were incorrect.

In the days after he went missing, Cunningham's case drew intense media scrutiny and speculation about what had happened in what police called "unusual" circumstances.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Cunningham was last seen leaving work after complaining to co-workers that he wasn't feeling well.

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. His work as a Public Health Service commander including responding to public health emergencies such as the Ebola virus and Zika virus. So was his beloved Tibetan spaniel, which concerned his family. Dr. Cunningham's parents later discovered their son's cellphone, wallet, keys, auto and dog unattended at his home on February 14.

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