Mysterious death of CDC worker ruled suicide by drowning

Mysterious death of CDC worker ruled suicide by drowning

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The mysterious death of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist — whose body was found along the banks of a river weeks after he disappeared — has been ruled a suicide by drowning, officials said.

There was evidence Timothy Cunningham, 35, had used marijuana but that didn’t contribute to his death, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said, according to The Associated Press.

PHOTO: Timothy Cunningham a CDC employee is seen here in an undated file photo.Atlanta Police Department
Timothy Cunningham a CDC employee is seen here in an undated file photo.

Cunningham, 35, a Harvard graduate and commander in the U.S. Public Health Service who responded to public health emergencies including the Ebola and Zika viruses, disappeared Feb. 12 after saying he was sick before leaving his Atlanta office.

PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Controls Tom Harkin Global Communications Center is shown in Atlanta.James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control
The Centers for Disease Control’s Tom Harkin Global Communications Center is shown in Atlanta.

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All of Cunningham’s belongings, including his dog, were left at his home.

Cunningham’s concerned family reported him missing, and after weeks of searching, authorities found his body April 2 along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

PHOTO:Timothy Cunningham a CDC employee is seen here in an undated file photo.CDC
PHOTO:Timothy Cunningham a CDC employee is seen here in an undated file photo.

Cunningham’s parents told investigators that he had mood swings but had not been diagnosed with depression, documents released Tuesday by the medical examiner’s office said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The medical examiner has previously said there were no signs of foul play.

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