Body of missing CDC researcher found in Atlanta river

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

According to the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County medical examiner positively identified a body pulled from the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta as Timothy Cunningham.

During a news conference, police said there is no indication of foul play, and while they are still waiting on a final report from the medical examiner, it appears that Cunningham drowned.

Police said the body was recovered in an area that was not easily accessible.

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Cunningham vanished Feb. 12. after telling colleagues at CDC headquarters he was not feeling well. According to the Atlanta Police Department, he had recently spoken to a supervisor about why he was passed over for a promotion.

The CDC denied that report, but Atlanta police stood by its statement.

Cunningham was an epidemiologist in the CDC’s chronic disease unit.

Police had previously located Cunningham’s keys, cellphone, credit cards, debit cards, wallet and passports. They said the state of the body found in the river was consistent with it being there since mid-February.