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Authorities unclear on what caused CDC Employee to drown

Authorities unclear on what caused CDC Employee to drown

Cunningham, a commander in the Public Health Service who responded to public health emergencies including the Ebola virus and the Zika virus, disappeared on February 12 after he said he was sick and left his Atlanta office.

Police previously had said they had no evidence of foul play but couldn't rule it out.

Doctor's Body Found Decomposing in RiverTimothy Cunningham's body was found Tuesday, April 3, partially submerged in water and a great deal of mud on the west bank of the Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta, fire -rescue department spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said at a press conference.

Cunningham worked as an epidemiologist in the chronic disease unit at the CDC and graduated from Morehouse College and Harvard University.

"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. He also called her at 9:12 a.m., and she also didn't answer. However, they would not elaborate on the text. His dog was also at the house.

On the morning he went missing, his supervisor at the CDC talked to him about why he had been passed over for a promotion, police said.

Police and the CDC released conflicting information about Cunningham in the days after his disappearance.

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

Cunningham was a decorated officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and had responded to the Ebola virus and the Zika virus outbreaks, the CDC said.

For weeks, authorities scavenged for clues as to where the CDC employee may have been. Officials with the CDC said he actually received an early promotion to Commander, effective July 1, which contradicted what was said during a police news conference. It also praised Cunningham in the role to which he was promoted.

"If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon", the statement read. Family members sent someone to check Cunningham's home and found it empty with two windows open - something they said was highly unusual.

"Our information came directly from the CDC".

However, questions still remain, as investigators do not know how Cunningham ended up in the Chattahoochee.

"We appreciate all the time, attention and professionalism you have contributed as we searched for our beloved son and brother, Timothy Cunningham".

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