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Timothy Cunningham, 35, is a CDC "disease detective" who deployed to public health hot spots investigating viruses like Ebola and Zika.
He holds two degrees from Harvard, and is also a graduate of Morehouse College.
Cunningham was reported missing Feb. 14 but has not been seen or heard from since Feb. 12. Atlanta police said Tim left work at the CDC's Chamblee GA office early that day, saying he felt ill.
However, after Cunningham didn't answer calls or return texts, his family had people check on his home -- which seemed empty, except for two open windows. Cunningham's parents said the open windows were unusual because their son was particularly environmentally conscious.
His family found Tim's wallet, his cell phone, his car and keys -- even his beloved dog Bo were all left behind at his Atlanta home.
According to CBS News, his next door neighbor says Cunningham said something odd to her husband the day he went missing.
"He told my husband to tell his wife – me – to erase his cell phone number from my cell phone," she said.
Tim's father, Terrell Cunningham, said the family had been in communication with Tim extensively on Sunday [Feb. 11] and there were some phone and text exchanges that alerted him to be concerned about their son who had a lot going on personally and professionally.
Because his vehicle was there, Cunningham's family believes he returned home on Feb. 12, and his parents aren't sure that their son was behind his own disappearance.
"Having worked, having obtained an education, having had the commitment to his profession if one was to need a time out there’s a way to take a time out without just disappearing, so I've said before none of this is normal and none of this is natural for us as a family and I think ... leaving like this, leaving Bo and leaving his mother in this state of despair would be not something Tim would do intentionally," Terrell Cunningham said.
A college friend and neighbor of Tim's said they had bought tickets to attend a gala celebrating Morehouse College's anniversary soon, and discussed plans about hanging out before and during the event.
Police do not suspect foul play, but they're exploring all possibilities, including continuing to search for clues in the woods around Cunningham's house.
Tim's mother recently spoke directly to her son during an interview, “Tim, if you see any of this information please know that you can come back home. We love and miss you. We just want you back in our arms.” And the family is pleading for the public's help.
Atlanta CrimeStoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment in the case, and Cunningham's family said they've raised more than $20,000 as a reward for info that can help find Cunningham.
Atlanta Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call 911.
Sadly Atlanta Police are reporting the body of missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham was found in a river. Per Fox News ... "The body of a missing employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was found this week in a river nearly two months after his "unusual" disappearance prompted a nationwide search, police announced Thursday.
Timothy Cunningham, an epidemiologist at the CDC, was found in Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta late Tuesday. Fishermen in the area spotted the body along the bank of the river face up. The decomposed body was stuck in mud in an area that was not easily accessible, leading officials to believe it was “in that position for a while.”
“We have no indications to this point that were was any foul play,” Atlanta Police Department Major Michael O’Connor said in a Thursday news conference.
It’s unclear how Cunningham’s body ended up at that part of the river. An official cause of death has yet to be released, but a preliminary autopsy suggested the 35-year-old drowned, the medical examiner said at the Thursday news conference.
Three crystals were found in Cunningham’s pockets when his body was recovered. Cunningham, who was last seen leaving work early on Feb. 12, was an avid crystal collector. The ones found on Cunningham were described as "rare crystals." Continue reading on FoxNews.com