Timothy Cunningham's body was recovered by rescue workers in the Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta late Tuesday evening, Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos said in an emailed news release.
The circumstances of Cunningham's death remain unclear, but the police said they don't suspect foul play in the case, and they believe he drowned somehow.
"We may never be able to tell you how he got into the river", Maj. However, the exact means by which Dr. Cunningham got to the river may never be revealed.
Timothy Cunningham was reported missing on February 12 after leaving his job early. Police said there did not appear to be foul play, but they are awaiting a toxicology screen and other testing results.
Before Cunningham's sudden disappearance, investigators said the epidemiologist had learned he was being passed up for a promotion, but the CDC later said that wasn't the case.
After Cunningham's disappearance, police offered $10,000 as a reward for any clues regarding Cunningham's whereabouts.
Cunningham, a commander in the Public Health Service who responded to public health emergencies including the Ebola virus and the Zika virus, disappeared on February 12 after he said he was sick and left his Atlanta office. O'Connor said the department's missing person investigation could come to a close in the next few weeks.
Cunningham, a Harvard graduate, was wearing favorite jogging suit, officials said. The manner of death has not been determined, she said.
Cunningham had called his sister that morning and talked to his supervisor about a promotion he didn't receive, FOX5 Atlanta reported. Officials with the CDC said he actually received an early promotion to Commander, effective July 1, which contradicted what was said during a police news conference.
"Tim's impact will be felt not only through his significant contributions to CDC's mission, but also through his influence on the lives of his colleagues and friends", the statement said.
By outward appearances, Cunningham seemed to have a successful career. So was his beloved Tibetan spaniel, which concerned his family. He worked on public health emergencies including Superstorm Sandy, the Ebola outbreak and the Zika virus.
Cunningham's father told The New York Times in February that he'd been anxious about his son recently because he didn't seem like his usual self in conversation.