Tim Cunningham

The two fisherman who spotted the decomposed body of CDC epidemiologist Timothy Cunningham in the Chattahoochee River will not split the $15,000 reward money.

Cunningham, 35, went missing on Feb. 12 after he left work saying he was feeling ill. His family reported him missing on February 16.

Two fisherman spotted Cunningham's remains in the river and alerted police on Tuesday.

“They are not,” Officer Stephanie Brown told reporters on Thursday when asked if the men would receive the reward money. “The Crime Stoppers reward is for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case,” she said.

Cunningham's remains was clad in a jogging suit according to a coroner's report. Cunningham was an avid jogger. Police do not know how Cunningham's body ended up in the river.

The medical examiner said there were no signs of foul play on the body. She is awaiting toxicology tests before releasing her final report. The preliminary cause of death is drowning.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Police do not know how Cunningham’s body ended up in the river.
    ^^^^^^^^
    But the CDC does

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • sunni_daze

    WHen has anyone received a reward, its a set up so people will snitch.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    This is just so damn wrong.

  • SoulfulLove

    They interviewed the parents last night. You can see the pain in the father's eyes. So Sad

  • Roxie Moxie

    So...went home feeling ill and then went jogging? *thinking*

  • JENNYJONES1

    IF THERE TURNS OUT TO BE NO FOUL PLAY THEN I THINK THE 2 MEN SHOULD STILL GET AN AWARD, DAMN.......JENNY JONES!!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    ?????

  • angrysolo

    wow, no reward ‘cause it’s an inside azz job by the CDC, wish he could’ve saved himself from this but the government is one helluva killa

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    The truth will come to light it always does it may not be at the time you want it to but it will!!! It may be tomorrow may be years from now but one day it will.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yup! We'll all probably be old when it finally comes out.

  • Trace da Ace

    well damn.... I was hoping they would find him alive....RIP

  • Trace da Ace

    LOVE YOUR MEME!

  • Libra80sBaby

    I'd sue. If it werent for those fishermen, he might not have even been found. America so fuked up mayne *Terrence Howard voice*

  • Libra80sBaby

    LMFAOOOOOO....you may log right on out!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    THEn will classify shit until all the folks involved are dead and gone then will admit to it and declassify all the reports on how they did! They STILL hiding JFK stuff when I saw that they have until 2030 or 40 something like that to release FULL info I recall counting that up when I was young and I was like dang I’ll be in my late 40’s or 50’s by the time the truth comes out and it was in that moment that I realized all the folks involved would be dead and by then no one will prolly be interested in what happened. Almost all his family memebers will be dead so there most likely won’t be a civil suit dam shame!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    I JUST POSTED THAT UP TOP! Smh

  • Guest©

    Smh, a black man in a jogging suit found in the river is definitely suspicious. I wonder what this man knew that made "them" do this to him?

  • Guest©

    Awww, my heart goes out to them.

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    Wait the arrest and indictment of who? This was a missing person case tho.... You know what my body informant ass going to keep my mouth shut! Yep y'all did it now pigs?? No more snitching 4me

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ????? Kari ?????????

    That’s how crime stoppers works. The $15,000 is still out there, go find who did this

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    SEEMS like one of those scenes in a movie a where the person that knows something goes to meet someone and theyre told to leave everything at home no phone for trust purposes and when they get to the meeting spot somebody there waiting to take them out . AINT nobody going jogging then commit suicide

  • Guest©

    Nope, this is foul play regardless of the ME's findings.

  • angrysolo

    zzzzactly, you get it! i still feel they killed mlk

  • Logan Roberts

    So I'm feeling sick, let me go jogging then. Ok.

  • angrysolo

    aaand lee my phone at home!

  • kre

    They never will unless someone is set up, this hit came from someone connected.

  • angrysolo

    i have a feeling this is the last we’ll hear of this man and his murder. unless they decide to attack his character etc. as with Stephon Clark, Mike Brown, Trayvon... y’know

  • FukkFolks2018

    Bubbles is my DUDE

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    My apologies for agreeing with you..

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Tank you! (yes, tank...)

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    No I was saying it was funny you said that right as I posted it up top!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • OvertheMississippi

    I have a strong feeling that this decision will be reversed, and they will get the money.

  • i troll it like i see it

    He had a beautiful smile!

  • Tausha T. W.

    Dr. Cunningham was suicided.

  • Tausha T. W.

    Dr. Cunningham was "allegedly" studying the effects of MMR and/or flu vaccines on black people. Rumor has it CDC doing something fishy.

  • Ebony Starr

    So Crimestoppers is saying that it is indeed a crime and they are waiting for it to be solved?!!!

  • Cricket404

    I remember how people swore Buckhead's Stacey English was killed (google it). Dr. Taleka Patrick of Michigan was rumored killed by Rev. Sapp. Sandra Bland was murdered. All suffered from mental illness, depression. Black people don't believe in mental illness, we have a disbelief for science. While I don't know that happened to this guy, suicide is a possibility. His parents know more than the media is reporting.

  • Roxie Moxie

    Same thing I said about Ron Brown's death. Under the Clinton Administration. How the reports gonna say he died in plane crash, yet has a bullet hole at the top of his skull?
    When working for the government, ya a** better be careful than a muhf*cka because they can cover that up EASY.

  • interestingconcept1

    So sad. Mental illness in our community very often is dismissed. I pray they find some closure, although as Cricket404 posted the family might have had some knowledge of his mental health and kept it a secret, as we do.

  • interestingconcept1

    I agree. I hope it wasn't he contracted at the CDC and if it was a crime it's resolved.

  • Roxie Moxie

    So:
    -the fisherman
    -the news reporter
    -the cop
    - and medical examiner

    ....are all paid off. The truth ain't coming out anytime soon. Believe they're watching alla these people just in case they slip up. And we know what happens to those who talk.....

  • J2PC

    That's the crap that they would like for us to think. -think we know that game by now.

  • J2PC

    Not always. Did the truth ever really come out about the likes of MLK, Malcolm X, JFK & all or did people have to figure it out for themselves?

  • Roxie Moxie

    Yeah, "suicided". You ever seen Shooter? With Mark Walhberg? Great movie. One of my faves.

    There was a part in the movie where Michael Pena was doing "too much investigating" so they took him to some isolated area near a lake and placed him in a device that would make it look like suicide. It was some sorta contraption where it made him hold the gun to his temple. So, if Mark ain't come and body those 3 government officials, he woulda "killed himself" and no one would have been the wiser. Makes me think if they can put it in a movie....they more than likely have it for real.

  • Roxie Moxie

    The latter......

  • Spring

    exaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaactly

  • J2PC

    ...or maybe bitter because he wasn't supposed to found nosey fishermen in that muddy river so soon.

  • J2PC

    Just hush & go get your free flu shot today. lol

  • Roxie Moxie

    Even if there was foul play, we wouldn't hear about it.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Gov corrupt AF.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    Dunno why these high profile people don't carry concealed when they're out and about. No way i'd be in such a position and just be out here defenseless

  • cherrypie

    I keep hoping that he could have possibly found a way to document his findings and sent them to the newspaper or a close friend like in the movies.

  • Tausha T. W.

    I hope I understand your comment. If not please forgive me.

    Suicided means a person was murdered & the body & scene were staged to make people think the victim intentionally committed suicide.

  • sunni_daze

    I'm glad you said that. Why didn't they police or whoever check the river a month ago, that usually whats done and this was kinda high profile. They all in on it.

  • Kayke

    It's next to impossible to drown yourself without having something holding you under due to bodys natural reaction to get itself air. If no heavy object was found, I don't believe his drowning was self inflicted.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    What I don’t understand is how he ended up there when he lives a good 30 mins away from where he was found? His car and wallet were left at home. This is fishy all the way around.

  • Michelle1953

    Why are the parents not revealing what was said in their text messages with him?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    We're quicker to believe in different conspiracy theories than in mental illness.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It might not be something they want revealed to the public, especially if it's something people might be judgmental about. The main thing is that the police know what's in those messages. Even if the parents didnt reveal it, these cellphone companies keep a record of these texts, so they'd just get it from them.

  • SweetTEE

    Either they dont want to acknowledge that it may have been suicide or he shared some confidential info w them that would prove that someone was after him.

  • J2PC

    You mean homicide. ...ohhhh okay. I see what you mean. lol I agree. smh

  • Quagsire!

    Why aren’t the fishermen getting the reward money?!

  • KcoolMuziq

    This death reminds me so much of Aaron Rodriguez death for some reason. Which I don't believe the REAL details have been revealed.

  • Cricket404

    Idk, I've read of teenagers drowning themselves in the bathtub. Dr. Taleka Patrick was found dead in the water. In Stacy English case, her brain showed signs of deterioration from mental illnesses. I don't know what happened here but the brain will turn on you if you want to die, I think it's called positive feedback.

  • Trey

    Those text messages do seem suspect...oh well

  • Guest©

    Agreed

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    They'd better run them their money!! Finding a body can lead to an arrest. Damn loopholes.

  • Allihave2say

    He sleeps with the fishes. ? ? ?
    https://youtu.be/V7RMKq8RQj4
    RIP to this intelligent brother who died because the government needs to keep a secret.

  • Allihave2say

    He told family and friends to delete the texts he sent. Perhaps he revealed something that could cost the their lives.

  • BloodBlood

    What messages

  • dontgetblocked

    They took that brother out!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    This morning, they pulled a 4-year-old boy's body from the same river

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    It's possible he entered the water near his home and the river carried his body to the location where his remains were discovered.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    No not the full truth just bits and pieces of partially declassified information that will come out when we all are old or have passed on.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    THAts fine one of the reasons I hate texting emailing or putting anything in writing we all read in different voices and interpret things differently depending on the circumstances. I see that a lot on blogs . Folks cuss out their friend via text because hey took a text the wrong way ???

  • Michelle

    Def not. He went home sick but was found in a joggin suit. If he was too sick to finish work I’m sure he was too ill to jog. It’s way too fishy

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    Just curious. Did the CDC ever offer a reward for Dr Cunningham or was it just Crime Stoppers that offered the reward. ?My condolences and prayers to his family.

  • B.Loveitt

    That's why the tox/lab work needs to come back, he could have had anything in his system. But people have been able to drown themselves.

  • Kemi

    So “they” tryna say suicide by drowning in a jogging attire in February.... oh ok. Sad to say, but truth as far as this case is concern, will never prevail.

  • Reenaface

    So was he pushed into the water as he was jogging by, by someone lurking in the shadows? I hate to say this, but the manner in which his body was found floating in the river. It reminds of the one black male adult who was found floating in the Chattahoochee river during the height of the Atlanta Child Murders only he was found nude and they tried to pin his murder on Wayne Williams. I remember seeing his body floating naked on a documentary about it. So this Tim Cunningham case is drawing parallels for me.

  • Reenaface

    When he felt that heat, Ron Brown told Bill that he wasn't going to be the only one going down for illegal matters. I still think that the Clinton's ordered that hit on Ron because Ron was about to blow the lid.

  • Judi Lauren

    Oh my. I didn't read that. Is it in the ajc?

  • Judi Lauren

    So I didn't know ppl fished in the Chattahoochee in Atlanta.

  • MythCalledLove

    Maybe he knew something someone didn't want to get out. A good friend committed suicide. He just went backwards and it was a shock because he was about to be married. When I say nobody saw this coming I thought the same thing until going thru his social media. Drowning I don't think that would be something you do. Unless he didn't know how to swim.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    But it’s not near where he lived. That’s why it doesn’t make sense

  • J2PC

    Their various version of the stories put out over time to distract from what is really happening in world were often filled with omitting facts with coverups & deceit can't ever be trusted no matter when anything else is revealed. That alone has destroyed trust & integrity. -therefore, people have to use their God-given sense and discernment and form their own intellectual opinions. Just like many had to about the Tuskegee, Ebola, AIDs etc. happenings.

    I think the man was trying to warn his Black people. The rest is on us to protect ourselves from what we believe holds trues based on happenings.

  • Jussjess25

    Drowning aka murder ?

  • Jussjess25

    Yup

  • Moon Lee

    All the time! Knowing full well it's toxic....

  • divainkpen

    My cousin died from suicide by drowning. He knew he would die because he couldn't swim. May not be the case here but it was for him. People saw him and couldn't help him.

  • Chuck

    May your friend RIP.

  • joel adams

    Ain't no conspiracy. Committed suicide. Normally they go postal.

  • Blackisgodok

    me neither.

  • Blackisgodok

    Stop sandra was not mentally ill. She was killed, and so was this doctor.

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    I always get nervous when CDC ppl start mysteriously dropping.......where are the conspiracy theorists?

  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/18/american-police-brutality-chicago-guantanamo Afra

    Timothy Cunningham.
    “No reward”. smh
    And this article asks why this man didn’t “go to police with his information “. Lol
    http://www.ageofautism.com/2018/04/deceased-cdc-researcher-dr-tim-cunningham-was-not-a-vaccine-whistleblower.html

  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/18/american-police-brutality-chicago-guantanamo Afra

    Atlanta Child Murders.
    Plus that river is relatively narrow and roiled. They just happened to have found his body.