Body found in Chattahoochee River is missing CDC scientist

Timothy Cunningham

Cunningham, who police described as "an avid collector" of rare stones, had three crystals in his pocket and was found wearing his favorite jogging shoes, O'Connor said.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control scientist has been found dead almost two months after he went missing, authorities said Thursday.

A body found in the Chattahoochee River has been identified as missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee Timothy Cunningham, authorities announced Thursday.

The CDC said DPH officials reached out for help after noticing a surge in new HIV cases previous year in Lawrence and Lowell.

Cunningham left work sick on February 12 and was not seen again. But the truth, according to the CDC, is the exact opposite. At the time, the Harvard and Morehouse alum was believed to have been passed over for a promotion. "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", Terrell Cunningham said about one of the last phone calls he had with his son.

"It was very hard to access the location where Mr. Cunningham was found", explained Sgt. Cortez Stafford with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

According to Cunningham's next-door neighbor, Viviana Tory, Cunningham said something odd to her husband the day he went missing. "In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS)", the CDC said in a March statement.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene behind the Atlanta Public Safety House along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, where they discovered the remains in poor condition, WSB-TV reported.

11 Alive reports that the information the Atlanta Police received came directly from the CDC.

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