Cunningham's parents said earlier this week that he had sent them a text just 24 hours before vanishing, saying they'd conveyed the content of the message to the police but declining to disclose the clue publicly.
Atlanta police confirmed Thursday afternoon the body had been positively identified as Cunningham.
Police and the CDC released conflicting information about Cunningham in the days after his disappearance.
"Tim is a very loving, brilliant, and responsible young man", according to a GoFundMe page.
Friends also found the disappearance troublingly out of character.
The condition of the body is consistent with Cunningham being gone since February 12, the medical examiner said.
The CDC's director in mid-March issued a statement denying that Cunningham hadn't gotten a promotion and noting that he'd been promoted in July. The CDC did not respond to a request for an explanation. "Since the investigation is ongoing, we do not have. whether it was an accident, a suicide, or anything other than that" Cunningham drowned, Gorniak said.
Assuming no new information is brought to investigators, O'Connor said, the case will likely be closed "fairly soon". But police have found no evidence that Cunningham's disappearance was directly tied to his lack of promotion.
Almost two weeks later, the CDC said that information was untrue.
The missing epidemiologist from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was informed why he didn't get a promotion shortly before he disappeared more than two weeks ago, police said Tuesday.
The CDC is expected to offer assistance in several areas, including interviews with recently-infected individuals. "We want him to return to his loved ones and his work-doing what he does best as a CDC disease detective-protecting people's health".
"He had no access to classified material", O'Connor said. Anything you could think of, we've been able to locate.
The incident took other weird turns, too.
"He told my husband to tell his wife - me - to erase his cellphone number from my cellphone", Tory said. Police spokesman D.T. Hannah told The Post that no further information was available. O'Connor told reporters in February. In his home, they found his keys, phone, wallet containing his credit and debit cards and identification, and they even found his passport.
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