Police Find Body Of Missing CDC Doctor In A River

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A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doctor’s body was discovered in a Georgia river after he had disappeared in February, police said Thursday.

Timothy Cunningham, 25, an epidemiologist at the CDC, was found in Chattahoochee River late Tuesday after he went missing on Feb. 12, Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos announced Thursday.

“The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body recovered in the Chattahoochee River in NW Atlanta late Tuesday to be missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham,” Atlanta police tweeted. “A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. ET at APD Headquarters on the investigation.”

Cunningham reportedly called his sister the morning he was last seen. He also talked to his supervisor about a raise and reportedly told several coworkers he was upset about not getting the promotion to branch manager, Fox News reported.

The CDC denied those reports and said Cunningham received an early promotion for his exemplary performance at work.

“As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect. 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 12 statement. “Over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee.”

No further details on where his body was found or how he died have been released.

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