"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.
"We may never be able to tell you how he got into the river", Major Michael O'Connor of Atlanta Police told reporters.
Cunningham's parents, who live in Waldorf, Md., said their son kept in constant contact with his family, and talked with his sister almost every day. The scientist was wearing his favorite running shoes, O'Connor added.
The CDC denied those reports and said Cunningham received an early promotion for his exemplary performance at work. Officials say there appear to be no indications of foul play.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Cunningham, 35, was last seen leaving work on February 12 because he didn't feel well.
Cunningham drove off that day and was never seen alive again, even as his vehicle, credit and debit cards, dog, keys, and cellphone were all recovered at his home, the police said.
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O'Connor said last month he thought the disappearance was "extremely unusual", because all Cunningham's belongings were at his home. "His keys, his cell phone, credit cards, debit cards, wallet, all of his identification. None of those items are missing", O'Connor said. Friends say he is smart and caring, a man with a big grin who liked doling out big hugs to match his smile.
Cunningham's father told The New York Times that he'd been anxious about his son recently because he didn't seem like his usual self in conversation. "I wish I had that opportunity to answer that text", she said later.
Tim's impact will be felt not only through his significant contributions to CDC's mission, but also through his influence on the lives of his colleagues and friends.
Cunningham, a commander in the Public Health Service who responded to public health emergencies including the Ebola virus and the Zika virus, disappeared on February 12 after he said he was sick and left his Atlanta office. CDR Cunningham also deployed for numerous public health emergency responses, including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika.
"As a parent, you have indicators when things are just not right with your child, and that was the case", he said.
"It takes you to a place that the light is not shining in", Terrell Cunningham said.