Body of Missing CDC Worker Found

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Timothy Cunningham's remains were found Tuesday evening by fishermen along the Chattahoochee River in a rural area that had been previously searched and is not easily accessible by foot, authorities said at a press conference.

The body of a researcher from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was pulled from a river in Atlanta, police said Thursday, almost two months after he mysteriously went missing.

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"Back on February 23, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department did, in fact, search the Chattahoochee River from Marietta Boulevard going downstream to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway which is close to where Mr. Cunningham's body was found", Stafford said.

He was last seen leaving work February 12 after telling colleagues he didn't feel well. Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos made the announcement on Thursday.

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The local medical examiner has ruled the cause of Cunningham's death was drowning and there are now no signs of foul play, according to local police.

Cunningham, a Harvard graduate, was wearing favorite jogging suit, officials said.

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

"He was an avid collector of these kinds of crystals or rocks or rare stones", O'Connor said.

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Before Cunningham's sudden disappearance, investigators said the epidemiologist had learned he was being passed up for a promotion, but the CDC later said that wasn't the case.

The CDC's director in mid-March issued a statement denying that Cunningham hadn't gotten a promotion and noting that he'd been promoted in July.

Volunteers spent countless hours searching for any trace of the 35-year-old but didn't have any luck. So was his beloved Tibetan spaniel, which concerned his family.

His CDC biography says he was a "team lead" with the Division of Population Health and had deployed for several public health emergencies "including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika". WSB-TV reported that the esteemed doctor had texted his mother at 5:21 a.m. and then called her at 9:12 a.m. on Feb.12.

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