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The body of a missing employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was found this week in a river nearly two months after his "unusual" disappearance that prompted a nationwide search, police announced Thursday.
Timothy Cunningham, an epidemiologist at the CDC, was found in Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta late Tuesday. No further details of the body’s location were released.
Atlanta Police Department Major Michael O’Connor said in late February the disappearance was an “extremely unusual set of circumstances. "The most unusual fact, in this case, is that every single belonging that we are aware of was located in the residence," O'Connor said. "So his keys, cell phone, credit cards, debit cards, wallet, all of his identification, passports – anything you can think of we've been able to locate."
MISSING CDC EMPLOYEE WAS DENIED PROMOTION, TOLD NEIGHBOR TO DELETE PHONE NUMBER, REPORTS SAY
Cunningham had called his sister that morning and talked to his supervisor about a promotion he didn’t receive, FOX5 Atlanta reported. He reportedly told several coworkers he was disappointed after not being promoted to branch manager.
Cunningham, of Atlanta, was last seen February 12, shortly after a CDC supervisor told him why he was being passed over for a promotion, police have said.
As days went on, internet rumors circulated that Cunningham's disappearance was tied to his alleged role as a flu vaccine whistle-blower. The rumors were debunked by police and his family.
Co-workers told authorities that Cunningham had been "obviously disappointed" on the morning of February 12, when he learned why he wasn't getting the promotion he'd hoped for, police have said. He left work quickly, saying he felt ill, they said.
Earlier that morning, at 5:21 a.m., Cunningham's mother had received a text message from him, she has said. "Are you awake?" her son asked. But her phone was on silent mode. "I wish I had that opportunity to answer that text," she said later.
Cunningham also called his mother at 9:12 a.m. that day, but she did not answer, Atlanta police have said. He did not leave a message.
"As a parent, you have indicators when things are just not right with your child, and that was the case."
When they arrived at his house a few days later, Cunningham's parents said, they knew something was wrong because his Tibetan spaniel was unattended.
wo weeks ago, Dr. Timothy J. Cunningham, a team lead with the Center for Disease Control’s Division of Population Health, told his co-workers he was feeling sick. The respected researcher stated he would finish his work from home and left work and he has not been heard from again. This has caused panic and concern, because Cunningham warned his family and others that his disappearance and possible death might occur because he knew a secret about the flu shot. Allegedly, he said it was the cause of this year’s deadly outbreak.
In January, Dr. Cunningham allegedly told his colleagues and family his fears about this year’s flu shot. Some media outlets have reported he was warned by co-workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that if he kept talking and expressing his opinion he could lose his job or something else could happen. Despite this warning, Dr. Cunningham continued to express his medical opinion.
...earlier this year he stated, “Some of the patients I’ve administered the flu shot to this year have died, I don’t care who you are, this scares the crap out of me. We have seen people dying across the country of the flu, and one thing nearly all of them have in common is they got the flu shot.”
All of this information was allegedly given to media outlet YourNewsWire by Cunningham and he asked the outlet to release the information if he went missing or mysteriously died.
The body of Timothy Cunningham, 35, was found Tuesday night along the bank of the Chattahoochee River, according to the Atlanta Police Department, after people fishing saw a body and called 911.
There were no signs of foul play and the preliminary cause of death is drowning, the medical examiner said.
The manner of death has not been determined at this time, the medical examiner said.
"We may never be able to tell you how he got into the river," Maj. Michael O'Connor of the Atlanta Police told reporters today.
It's not clear where Cunningham entered the river, which had been previously searched, officials said.
Cunningham, a Harvard graduate, was wearing favorite jogging suit, officials said. He also was an avid collector rare stones and had some in his pocket when he was found, officials said.
Cunningham was identified today by dental records, officials said, and the autopsy was completed on Wednesday.
The condition of the body is consistent with Cunningham being gone since Feb. 12, the medical examiner said. The toxicology report is pending.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: Skywatcher2011
I'll have to keep an eye on this one. A source my buddy read aloud to me said that they have already ruled out foul play on a "severely decomposed body" (according to your last video)--how that can happen in the span of a couple of days is pretty amazing coroner work...or...
I know that my conspiracy ears perk up ANY time that someone from somewhere like the CDC, FDA, EPA, etc., comes up found dead of unknown circumstances.
originally posted by: djz3ro
a reply to: Skywatcher2011
i ran a google search for "yournewswire flu shot" and the first two pages are Snopes saying that this is all false...