The body of a missing employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was found this week in a river almost two months after his "unusual" disappearance prompted a nationwide search, police announced Thursday. The area, though near Cunningham's home, was not accessible by walking, as the police struggled to find a safe place to launch a boat in order to retrieve the remains.
"We have no indication at this point that there is any foul play, and so far nobody had indicated to us that there was any situation in the doctor's life that might have resulted in foul play being a contributing factor", O'Connor said. There are no clues as to how Cunningham's body got to the river, for example.
Fulton County Chief medical examiner Jan Gorniak determined the cause of death as drowning.
But it would be well over a month before the body was found - by fishermen - in a hard-to-reach part of the river. He was last seen leaving work February 12 after telling colleagues he didn't feel well. The ones found on Cunningham were described as "rare crystals".
However, almost two weeks later, the CDC said that information was untrue.
Back in February, CDC colleagues told authorities that Cunningham complained that he was feeling ill and so he left work early. Eventually, his parents, Terrell and Tia-Juana Cunningham, made the drive from Maryland down to Georgia, where they found Cunningham's phone, keys, wallet, vehicle and dog.
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Cunningham had called his sister that morning and talked to his supervisor about a promotion he didn't receive, FOX5 Atlanta reported. Cunningham also informed his coworkers that he was disappointed he wasn't promoted to branch manager.
CDC officials said previously that reports Cunningham had been passed over for a promotion were incorrect. "Over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee".
And yet many questions remain unanswered.
"The river's not that far from his home, and we do know that he was a jogger and he was wearing his favorite jogging shoes at the time that he was found", said Atlanta Police Major Michael O'Connor.
Cunningham's family became concerned after they couldn't reach him via phone or text. The civilian group Crime Stoppers offered a reward of up to $15,000 for information pointing to any criminal activity.