Timothy Cunningham: Missing US government scientist found dead

Timothy Cunningham: Missing US government scientist found dead

Timothy Cunningham: Missing US government scientist found dead

Officials said it was just east of the Atlanta Public Safety Annex. Officials told reporters they found no indication of foul play.

Timothy Cunningham, a 35-year-old worker at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, disappeared on February 12 after leaving work early at the CDC office in Chamblee. Colleagues said he left after feeling unwell.

His parents said they later discovered his phone, wallet and vehicle keys as well as his dog - which had been left unattended - at his Atlanta home.

Police initially said that on the day Mr Cunningham was last seen alive, he had expressed disappointment to his supervisor about missing a promotion.

This is a breaking story. The site where the body was found was not far from Cunningham's house, said Major Michael O'Connor of the Atlanta Police Dept.'s Major Crimes Section. The dog, known as Bo, had twice accompanied Cunningham to Harvard, where he earned his master's and doctoral degrees. He earned a spot previous year in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 list, a who's who of the city's young standouts.

Police say Cunningham's body has been found.

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Cunningham's parents drove overnight from Maryland to Atlanta. "He had been informed the previous Monday that he was not getting the promotion but the explanation occurred on the morning of the twelfth", the officer said.

In the days before Cunningham's disappearance, a neighbor had reported that he was acting unusual.

Acting CDC Director Dr Anne Schuchat said Mr Cunningham had actually received an early promotion to commander in July previous year "in recognition of his exemplary performance".

Cunningham's parents, Tia and Terrell Cunningham, said they shared a worrisome series of text messages and a phone call with their son on the evening of February 11. Atlanta police responded by doubling down on their version of events, citing the CDC as the source of the information.

"If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon", the statement read. But he did not have access to classified material, and the CDC says it does not believe that his employment would be the cause of any foul play.

"Our information came directly from the CDC".

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