cause of death drowning, Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta, Dr.Timothy Cunningham, National, News -

Authorities Still Unclear on What Caused CDC Worker to Drown

cause of death drowning, Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta, Dr.Timothy Cunningham, National, News -

Authorities Still Unclear on What Caused CDC Worker to Drown

Jan Gorniak
Fulton County chief medical examiner Dr. Jan Gorniak, tells reporters that a body found in Chattahoochee River, Tuesday has been identified as missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham during a news conference Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Atlanta. Gorniak said the cause of death was drowning and she found no signs of foul play. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Now that authorities have found the body of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee who disappeared more than seven weeks ago, they will focus on piecing together his final moments.

Timothy Cunningham’s body was found by fishermen partially submerged in water and mud on the west bank of the Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta, fire-rescue department spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said at a news conference Thursday.

Stafford said rescue crews had to use boats and special equipment to reach Cunningham’s body after it was first found Tuesday because it was in difficult terrain in a “remote area not easily accessible.”

Fulton County Chief Medical Examiner Jan Gorniak determined the cause of death as drowning, but said she couldn’t provide additional information because she was still awaiting toxicology reports.

“Since the investigation is ongoing, we do not have … whether it was an accident, a suicide, or anything other than that” Cunningham drowned, Gorniak said.

Gorniak said the decomposing body was positively identified using dental records.

Fishermen first discovered Cunningham’s body and called authorities, said Stafford, who noted that the body was found in an area authorities had searched in February without finding anything. The site where the body was found was not far from Cunningham’s house, Maj. Michael O’Connor of the Atlanta Police Department’s Major Crimes Section said. He did not elaborate.

O’Connor said investigators were satisfied that they had spoken to everyone of importance in the case.

“At this stage, we are waiting for some information from the medical examiner’s office — or if someone were to bring new information to us that was relevant, then we would obviously look at that — but absent those circumstances, this case will likely close fairly soon,” he said.

Cunningham, 35, was an epidemiologist at the Atlanta-based federal agency. He disappeared Feb. 12. His family reported him missing on Feb. 16 after going to his home and finding his belongings and vehicle there.

Police previously had said they had no evidence of foul play but couldn’t rule it out. The civilian group Crime Stoppers offered a reward of up to $15,000 for information pointing to any criminal activity.

CDC officials said previously that reports Cunningham had been passed over for a promotion were incorrect. In a statement, the CDC said Cunningham received an “exceptional proficiency promotion” July 1 to the position of commander, an early promotion reflecting his excellence as an employee.


Leave a comment

Related Posts

Freshen Up Your Board Game Collection With This One-Day Amazon Sale
It’s not quite as jam-packed as Amazon’s Black Friday board game sale, but their 12 Days of Deals strategy game sale ...
Read More
It’s an Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl rematch: Alcorn State vs. N.C. A&T Braves win SWAC title and and now bring their high-powered offense to bowl game
Well, it’s all set. The matchup for the Dec. 15 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta is actually a rematch: ...
Read More
HBO’s ‘Say Her Name’ has few answers about what happened to Sandra Bland But new documentary gives her a voice, even in death
The mother of Sandra Bland, the Illinois woman who committed suicide in a Texas jail after being hauled there for bac...
Read More
Meghan Markle ignores negative news, believes British press out to get her
Meghan Markle has developed a way of dealing with negative press: She doesn’t read it. After a tough week in the medi...
Read More

Tags