Timothy Cunningham’s body found in Chattahoochee river
The dead body of missing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researcher who went missing in February under mysterious circumstances, has been found floating in Chattahoochee river.
Timothy Cunningham, 25, was last seen on February 12 shortly before he left work abruptly due to illness, causing his friends and family to raise the alarm.
Terrell Cunningham, 60, said his son’s supervisor told him that Commander Cunningham had reported working but left midday because he wasn’t feeling well.
Dr. Cunningham was the head of a research team with the Center for Disease Control’s Division of Population Health, and made headlines shortly before his disappearance when he claimed that the “catastrophic” flu shot was the cause of this year’s deadly influenza epidemic that has killed thousands.
In January, Dr. Cunningham allegedly spoke out claiming that flu vaccines were causing the flu virus to mutate and spread, requesting anonymity but asked that if “something happened” to him, then he wished for his name to be made public.
ZeroHedge reports: The family of Timothy J. Cunningham, 35, grew concerned after the Harvard-trained epidemiologist and US Navy officer wouldn’t answer texts or calls. Driving over 600 miles from Maryland to Atlanta, Cunningham’s parents gained access to his house where they found their son’s phone, wallet and driver’s license.
UPDATE: 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. A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. ET at APD Headquarters on the investigation. pic.twitter.com/PlAGiqHO5P
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Quoted by the NYT, his father said that Commander Cunningham had “a lot going on” personally and professionally, and his most recent conversation with his son had left him worried.
“The tone, and the numerous exchanges gave us reason to be concerned about Tim,” said Terrell Cunningham. “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.”
Cunningham’s car was parked in the garage, while his dog – Mr. Bojangles, aka Bo, was left all by himself.
“Tim never leaves Bo unattended,” Terrell Cunningham told NBC News. “He just doesn’t do it.”
“None of this makes sense,” Timothy’s brother Anterio told Atlanta Fox affiliate WAGA-TV. “He wouldn’t just evaporate like this and leave his dog alone and have our mother wondering and worrying like this. He wouldn’t.”
“I feel like I’m in a horrible Black Mirror episode,” Cunningham’s sister Tiara told the New York Times. “I’m kind of lost without him, to be quite honest.”
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Tiara was the last family member to speak with Timothy Cunningham before his disappearance – who said the last time they spoke her brother “sounded not like himself.” When she texted him a bit later, she didn’t get a response – nor did the rest of the Cunningham family.
Atlanta police said Cunningham had been upset over not receiving a promotion – however the CDC later retracted that information, stating that he had in fact recently received one.
Cunningham – who was promoted to commander in the US Public Health Service last July, had worked on the government’s response to both Zika and Ebola outbreaks. With two degrees from Harvard’s School of Public Health, he had been named one of The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 under 40” award winners.