A badly decomposed body discovered near the Chattahoochee River in Georgia has been identified as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention employee who vanished nearly two months ago.
Officials made the gruesome discovery in Northwest Atlanta earlier this week and on Thursday confirmed the the body was that of Timothy Cunningham, WSB-TV reported.
The 35-year-old, an epidemiologist at the CDC, left work sick the day of Feb. 12 and had not been heard from since.
His parents said they later discovered his phone, wallet and car keys as well as his dog — which had been left unattended — at his Atlanta home.
The day he disappeared, Atlanta police said Cunningham learned he would not be receiving a promotion to branch manager — but the CDC has since walked back claims that Cunningham had been passed over for the position.
“In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017 in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service,” the agency said in a March statement.
A Morehouse College and Harvard University graduate, Cunningham has played a pivotal role in addressing past public health emergencies — including the Ebola and Zika viruses.
Authorities have not announced evidence to suggest foul play and were previously offering a $15,000 reward for information in the case.