Body of missing CDC employee found near Chattahoochee River in Georgia

Body of missing CDC employee found near Chattahoochee River in Georgia

Body of missing CDC employee found near Chattahoochee River in Georgia

Those details were actually released by the Atlanta Police Department during a press conference on their ongoing attempts to find Cunningham, who went missing on February 12 after leaving work and supposedly returning home.

According to local news station 11 Alive News, Cunningham's body was "found in the river near Donald L. Hollowell, about 400 yards upstream from the bridge, and on the Atlanta side of the river". He says the body was found in an area that authorities had already searched in February without finding anything.

On Tuesday, CDC officer Bernadette Burden told Newsweek that the CDC wanted Cunningham to return to the organization and that his position has not been filled.

"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", the Atlanta Police Department tweeted on Thursday.

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. Doctors who've examined his body say there's no evidence of trauma or foul play, and they believe the cause of death is drowning. The 35-year-old left work early that day saying he wasn't feeling well, and wasn't seen again. They said he had had a discussion about that on the morning he was last seen. He did not leave a message. He was once named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's "40 under 40" list.

He was reportedly working as a commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and had responded to the Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks.

Fliers circulated across Atlanta in the weeks after he disappeared.

"We've shared that with the detectives, and we've kept that as a private matter", his father said. The dog, known as Bo, had twice accompanied Cunningham to Harvard, where he earned his master's and doctoral degrees. Stafford said that rescue crews had to use boats and special equipment to reach Cunningham's body because it was located in hard terrain in a "remote area not easily accessible".

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

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