In Case of Missing CDC Doctor, 'Indicators' All Wasn't Right

Timothy Cunningham, 35, was last seen Feb. 12
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2018 5:33 AM CST
In Case of Missing CDC Doctor, 'Indicators' All Wasn't Right
CDC employee Timothy Cunningham has been missing since leaving work sick Feb. 12.   (Atlanta Police Department)

The Harvard-educated doctor who left his job at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feeling ill on Feb. 12 and seemingly vanished remains missing more than two weeks later, and Atlanta police have shed little light on the situation. Police do say there's no indication of foul play in the disappearance of Timothy Cunningham, 35, whose phone, wallet, car, and dog were found at his residence, ABC News reports. His parents tell CNN it's significant the dog was left behind, explaining their son cared for the Tibetan spaniel so much he drove the dog 130 miles just to have its teeth cleaned. As earlier reported, Cunningham's parents did receive text messages from their son the day before he went missing that alarmed them.

Father Terrell Cunningham would only elaborate by telling CNN, "We've shared that with the detectives, and we've kept that as a private matter. As a parent, you have indicators when things are just not right with your child, and that was the case." His mother adds a regret: That she was sleeping on the morning of Feb. 12 when her son texted her at 5:21am asking "Are you awake?" Her ringer turned off, she never answered him. While police say there aren't signs of foul play, the family has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to a suspect's arrest. But Fox 5 reports Cunningham's family hopes he's out there, waiting to be recognized, perhaps as a John Doe in a hospital.
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