CDC Employee Has Been Missing For Weeks
A Center for Disease Control and Prevention employee has now been missing for 11 straight days, according to his family and local Atlanta authorities. Atlanta police said that 35-year-old Timothy Cunningham left work claiming to feel a little sick. He has yet to be seen again.
Cunningham works as commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. He’s commonly dispatched in response major illness outbreaks capable of pandemics, including the Ebola or Zika outbreaks. Learn exactly what is a pandemic from our prepper guide.
Police have asked the public, his friends, and his family to help in finding Cunningham. They’ve even enlisted his old friends from Morehouse College, where Cunningham attended college. Flyers have been posted throughout the community and social media has been used to help fuel the search efforts online.
Cunningham’s family claims they’ve always communicated with Timothy on a daily level, according to NBC News. Cunningham’s sister, who is said to have had daily communications with Timothy prior to his going missing, last saw him on the early morning of February 12th.
Cunningham’s parents were so concerned that they drove from their home in Maryland down to Atlanta. His parents were able to get access to their son’s home where they found his wallet, phone, and his keys. They also found his dog, a dog which Timothy notably never left alone for extended periods of time.
“Tim never leaves Beau unattended,” Terrell Cunningham said. “He just doesn’t do it.”
“Tim had been in communication with us extensively on Sunday [Feb. 11], and I pinpoint Sunday because there were some exchanges via phone as well as text that alerted me to be concerned about our son,” he continued.
Cunningham was also scheduled to attend a Morehouse gala with an old friend named Joe Carlos. Carlos has called Cunningham’s disappearance “shocking.”
According to friends and family, Cunningham’s background is immaculate. He is considered to be happy and opinionated and intelligent. He received the Outstanding Atlanta award in 2014. He was even listed as one of Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 in 2017.
Being that Cunningham worked with pandemic capable illnesses, Cunningham saying he was feeling ill in the last moments he was seen will likely be intensely scrutinized. Was Cunningham accidentally exposed to a serious illness or is something more nefarious at play? Cunningham’s possessions being found, including his wallet and cell phone and keys, also throw a wrench into the missing person’s case. It would signal that Cunningham did not abandon his life using the convenience of his own car and his own bank cards.
If Cunningham was in fact, ill from exposure to a deadly illness, locating him would be of the highest priority. Some conspiracy theorist online believe the CDC is hiding Cunningham until he’s “better.” Another conclusion being drawn is that Cunningham was abducted. Seeing he did not have possession of his wallet or phone or keys, this is a logical line of thinking. As for now, there are seemingly no solid leads for police and investigators to act on. Hopefully, the public at large recognizes Cunningham and is able to contact authorities.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.