body pulled from the Chattahoochee river is that of an Atlanta
researcher for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) who went
missing in mid-February, Atlanta police reported
Cunningham, 25, was last seen February 12 after he left work
midway through the day due to an illness, prompting his friends
and family to sound the alarm.
Cunningham, 60, said his son’s supervisor told him that
Commander Cunningham had reported for work but that he had left
midday because he wasn’t feeling well. -NYT
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.
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.
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.”
car was parked in the garage, while his dog - Mr. Bojangles, aka
Bo, was left all by himself.
never leaves Bo unattended," Terrell Cunningham told NBC News. "He
just doesn't do it."
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.”
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.”
was the last family member to speak with Timothy Cunningham before
his disappearance - who said the last time they spoke her brother
not like himself." When she texted him a bit later, she
didn't get a response - nor did the rest of the Cunningham family.
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.
- 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"