The body of a missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee, who mysteriously vanished nearly two months ago, has been recovered from the Chattahoochee River, Atlanta police said on Thursday.
The Atlanta Police Department announced the results of the medical examiner over Twitter.
Cunningham drove off that day and was never seen alive again, even as his vehicle, credit and debit cards, dog, keys, and cellphone were all recovered at his home, the police said. As days went on, internet rumors circulated that the case was tied to his alleged role as a flu vaccine whistle-blower.
Cunningham was an epidemiologist in the CDC's chronic disease unit.
Pending an unusual break in the case, O'Connor said that the case may be listed as inactive soon - possibly in a month's time. During an April 5 press conference, Atlanta police could not explain why the CDC worker did not have any of his belongings with him when he died.
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. In an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Awards profile previous year, Cunningham said he was "using the skills I have to improve and help the lives of others", referring to his work at the CDC. "His keys, his cell phone, credit cards, debit cards, wallet, all his identification, passport - everything you can think of, we've been able to locate".
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During the morning of his disappearance, his mother said that she received a text from Cunningham.
He was also well regarded in the community, where he earned the Outstanding Atlanta award in 2014 in recognition of his "service, leadership and achievements of Atlanta young professionals" and named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 under 40 previous year.
His CDC biography says he was a "team lead" with the Division of Population Health and had deployed for several public health emergencies "including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika". Timothy's family stated that he had a conversation with them the day before he vanished, that had left them concerned.
"CDR Timothy Cunningham's colleagues and friends at CDC are deeply saddened to learn of his death".
Four times since their son went missing, Cunningham's parents have been told that a body had been found.