Officials release conflicting details about missing CDC scientist

  • Officials release conflicting details about missing CDC scientist

Officials release conflicting details about missing CDC scientist

On Tuesday night, fishermen contacted authorities after discovering a body in the Chattahoochee River near Donald L. Hollowell, about 400 yards upstream from the bridge, and on the Atlanta side of the river.

The Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department will release further details during a news conference Thursday afternoon. A medical examiner identified his remains and said the cause of death was drowning.

"We may never be able to tell you how he got into the river", O'Connor said. His sister, Tiara Cunningham, the last family member who spoke with Cunningham before he disappeared, said she felt lost without her brother. The scientist was wearing his favorite running shoes, O'Connor added.

CDC officials said previously that reports Cunningham had been passed over for a promotion were incorrect.

Police said there is now no indication that foul play was involved, and there were no signs of trauma on his body to indicate he died of anything but drowning.

The 35-year old epidemiologist had been missing since February 12.

On the morning of the disappearance, he said, Cunningham was informed by his supervisor as to why he wasn't receiving a promotion at work.

"The most unusual factor in this case is that every single belonging that we are aware of was located in the residence", O'Connor said.

The case perplexed investigators because Cunningham's keys, cell phone, credit cards, debit cards, wallet and all forms of identification were found in his house, along with his beloved dog.

Four times since their son went missing, Cunningham's parents have been told that a body has been found.

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.

Friends said Cunningham was smart and caring, with a big grin and big hugs to match. CDR Cunningham also deployed for numerous public health emergency responses, including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika. "This is extremely hard". "I wish I had that opportunity to answer that text", she said later. Cunningham was known to collect these sort of items.