A few weeks ago I blogged about the latest in a long line of disappearances and mysterious deaths of physicians who buck the “standard narrative”. In this case it was about the disappearance of CDC physician Dr. Timothy Cunningham, who disappeared on February 12 this year. Sadly, Dr. Cunningham’s body has now been found, according to these two stories shared by Ms. N.C. and Mr. H.B.:
There’s much here that does not add up. First, consider the fact that his body was only just recently discovered in the river not too far from his home, but in an area which had been previously thoroughly searched:
The muddy river spot where the officer was found wasn’t too far from his house, but there weren’t any roads or running trails nearby, so it’s not clear exactly how Cunningham got in there. Police say they’d conducted a “very thorough” search of the riverbanks in that area on February 23, but didn’t find any signs of the missing commander.
“We may never be able to tell you how he got into the river,” O’Connor said. Doctors who’ve examined his body say there’s no evidence of trauma or foul play, and they believe the cause of death is drowning.
OK… let me get this straight: Dr. Cunningham, a US Navy officer – a commander – supposedly drowned at some point, in a river near his home, but in an area which had been previously searched. Did the police simply miss seeing him before, or did Dr. Cunningham drown himself somewhere else? If so, how did his body get to where it was eventually found? Who transported it there, and why? If there is no foul play involved, why bother to move the body at all?
In short, I’m not buying for a moment that there’s no “foul play”. The above two cited paragraphs are so self-evidently c0ntradictory that I cannot imagine any competent district attorney not suspecting foul play.
There are other additional details that raise serious questions:
The family of Timothy J. Cunningham, 35, grew concerned after the Harvard-trained epidemiologist and US Navy officer wouldn’t answer texts or calls. Driving over 600 miles from Maryland to Atlanta, Cunningham’s parents gained access to his house where they found their son’s phone, wallet and driver’s license.
Quoted by the NYT, his father said that Commander Cunningham had “a lot going on” personally and professionally, and his most recent conversation with his son had left him worried.
“The tone, and the numerous exchanges gave us reason to be concerned about Tim,” said Terrell Cunningham. “And I don’t know if it’s an instinct you have because it’s your child, but it was not a normal conversation and I was not comfortable.”
Cunningham’s car was parked in the garage, while his dog – Mr. Bojangles, aka Bo, was left all by himself.
Cunningham left work at the CDC on Feb 12, 2018, claiming he was feeling sick. When he was discovered, he was wearing his favorite jogging shoes:
The Atlanta Police Department confirmed to Business Insider that Timothy Cunningham’s body was recovered in the Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta. Cunningham was wearing his favorite jogging shoes when he was found by a group of fishermen, police said.
So apparently Dr. Cunningham left work, drove home, parked his car in his garage, put on his jogging clothes, and went for a jog (in spite of having left work feeling sick), leaving all his personal identification in his house, along with his dog, and phone. This is, again, a little incredible to me, for one would think that Dr. Cunningham would want at least some means of self-identification, or a means to summon help if he needed to; so why leave his phone and identification documents at home? Did Dr. Cunningham leave work that day – not because he was feeling sick – but rather, to take a meeting with someone? Was he instructed not to bring any identification or phone?
There’s much here that disturbs and very little that consoles, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Dr. Cunningham was the victim of foul play. Given his parents’ concerns over their last phone conversations with their son, the whole thing suggests that Dr Cunningham may have learned, or suspected, something, but what that may have been, we do not presently know. A clue, however, is perhaps afforded by a glimpse at his brief CDC bio:
What I find intriguing about the biographical note are the following statements: “Dr. Cunningham trained with CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. His research has been oriented towards understanding health differences related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and geography. Dr. Cunningham has also deployed for numerous public health emergencies, including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika.” (Emphasis added)
In other words, Dr. Cunningham would have been in a unique position to notice emergent health care trends in various demographic groups, including anything suggestive of biological or genetic warfare.
I don’t know about you, but I personally think the Cunningham family is entirely correct to be suspicious of the whole thing.
See you on the flip side…