His next door neighbor, Viviana Tory, says Cunningham said something odd to her husband the day he went missing, reports CBS News’ Omar Villafranca.
“He told my husband to tell his wife – me – to erase his cell phone number from my cell phone,” Tory said.
“I feel like I’m in a horrible ‘Black Mirror’ episode,” his sister, Tiara Cunningham
Terrell Cunningham also had concerns about recent interactions with his son, whom he described as focused on a host of professional and personal issues.
In January, Dr. Cunningham allegedly told his colleagues and family his fears about this year’s flu shot. Some media outlets have reported he was warned by co-workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that if he kept talking and expressing his opinion he could lose his job or something else could happen.
Many media outlets have reported that earlier this year he stated, “Some of the patients I’ve administered the flu shot to this year have died, I don’t care who you are, this scares the crap out of me. We have seen people dying across the country of the flu, and one thing nearly all of them have in common is they got the flu shot.”
All of this information was allegedly given to media outlet YourNewsWire by Cunningham and he asked the outlet to release the information if he went missing or mysteriously died.
Timothy J. Cunningham, ScD, is a team lead with CDC’s Division of Population Health. 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.
Timothy J. Cunningham, a Harvard-educated epidemiologist who aided the CDC in responses to Ebola and Zika outbreaks, left work after feeling sick on Feb. 12, The New York Times reported. His family hadn’t heard from him since.