Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Missing CDC Employee Timothy Cunningham Found In River Months After He Vanished

Missing CDC Employee Timothy Cunningham Found In River Months After He Vanished

He was last seen leaving work February 12 after telling colleagues he didn't feel well. Eventually, his parents, Terrell and Tia-Juana Cunningham, made the drive from Maryland down to Georgia, where they found Cunningham's phone, keys, wallet, auto and dog.

Officials said Cunningham's body was recovered Tuesday evening.

"He has this pristine service record and background, and then he's also the guy you can call to help you move furniture or get together with you at a restaurant at the end of a long day", close friend David Calloway told NBC News almost 12 days after Cunningham's disappearance.

"We may never be able to tell you how he got into the river", Major Michael O'Connor of the Atlanta Police told reporters during a press conference.

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.

Police previously had said they had no evidence of foul play, but could not rule it out.

According to the CDC, Timothy Cunningham worked as a commander in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Cunningham's parents, Tia and Terrell Cunningham, did share that they had received worrisome texts and a phone call from their son the night before he went missing. His dog was also at the house.

Cunningham was last seen in early February leaving work early, claiming that he did not feel well, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. During this time, there was false information spread about the disappearance of Cunningham.

"That meeting was to explain a promotion that he did not receive to branch manager".

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

However, almost two weeks later, the CDC said that information was untrue.

The director of the CDC issued a statement last month denying that Cunningham had been denied a promotion, saying he had been promoted in July.

The agency also closed with a message to Cunningham directly. All of his belongings - including wallet, keys and passport - were found inside his Atlanta home.

"Our information came directly from the CDC".

With the appearance of Cunningham's body, many questions still remain unanswered.

We sincerely thank all of you for the support and kindness you have shown our family during this hard time.

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