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Old 04-05-2018, 04:03 PM
 
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Or jumped.

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'."
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Yes, I agree.

We never know what sadness may lie in the hearts of those around us, even when they have the outward signs of success.
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Old 04-05-2018, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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No way this was a suicide. This dude had been working on some interesting studies and papers that affected some very powerful people, if anything this case has a quite a few red flags. Who offs themselves by jumping into the ‘Hooch anyway? Growing up here usually folks who were found in that part of the river were dumped there by someone else. Clearly I don’t have anymore facts than anyone else on here, but something about this smells fishy ( no pun intended)
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Old 04-05-2018, 04:37 PM
 
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No way this was a suicide. This dude had been working on some interesting studies and papers that affected some very powerful people, if anything this case has a quite a few red flags. Who offs themselves by jumping into the ‘Hooch anyway? Growing up here usually folks who were found in that part of the river were dumped there by someone else. Clearly I don’t have anymore facts than anyone else on here, but something about this smells fishy ( no pun intended)
Yeah. I wouldn't be so quick to write it off as a suicide, not yet at least. Like you said, I've only heard about bodies being dumped in the Chattahoochee, but never about it being used for suicide. Of course that doesn't mean anything, but it does seem a little suspect to me.

In any event, I was truly hoping for a good end to this story. RIP
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Yeah. I wouldn't be so quick to write it off as a suicide, not yet at least. Like you said, I've only heard about bodies being dumped in the Chattahoochee, but never about it being used for suicide. Of course that doesn't mean anything, but it does seem a little suspect to me.

In any event, I was truly hoping for a good end to this story. RIP
This is the stuff that Conspiracy Theories are made of.
Sometimes competent, intelligent people may well for whatever reason call it a day.
This may well be the case here.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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This is the stuff that Conspiracy Theories are made of.
Sometimes competent, intelligent people may well for whatever reason call it a day.
This may well be the case here.
Sometimes competent, intelligent people dig too deep into stuff they shouldn’t, like this guy did with the NRA and questioning vaccines, and sometimes the people they affect by digging just simply get rid of those persons. I think that needs to be looked at just as much as a seemingly happy and successful guy killing himself in the ‘Hooch of all places.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Vinings
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I think suicide is likely, but by no means the only possibility.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Yeah. I wouldn't be so quick to write it off as a suicide, not yet at least. Like you said, I've only heard about bodies being dumped in the Chattahoochee, but never about it being used for suicide. Of course that doesn't mean anything, but it does seem a little suspect to me.

In any event, I was truly hoping for a good end to this story. RIP
February, 2018:

https://patch.com/georgia/sandysprin...an-found-river

October, 2016:

Man dies after leaping from Oglethorpe Bridge | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

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It's not suicide.

There aren't any bridges over the Chattahoochee big enough to commit suicide from. High school kids jump off those bridges for fun. If he did jump off a bridge, the only way he would have died in that river is by drowning. I know they pull out people every once in a while who drown accidentally, but I doubt he would have timed his suicide to a water release from Buford Dam when there are simply so many other, better, faster ways to off yourself.

Somebody threw his body in that river.
He drowned.

Could he swim?

The location where he was found is near his home.

https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/bo...mployee-report

"O'Connor did note that Dr. Cunningham's residence is not far from where his body was found, and that he liked to run. In fact, the doctor was wearing his 'favorite' running shoes at the time his body was recovered. Police did say his wallet, keys and identification were all left behind at the time he was reported missing, which O'Connor said was 'unusual' in a missing person's case. Investigators also recovered three stones from his pockets, which O'Connor said he liked to collect.

Officials stressed that they are unsure where Dr. Cunningham entered the river. However, Dr. Gorniak did note that while the body was badly decomposed, it appears he may have been in the water as early as the day he was reported missing.

'We may never be able to tell you how he got into the river,' [said] O'Connor. 'We just don't have those answers at this time.'"

I have suspected suicide all along, especially with his telling a neighbor to have his wife delete his phone number from her contact list. If he was just out for a run, I can see leaving his wallet at home, but why not take his phone and keys?

One effect of not leaving a suicide note is that any life insurance he had for his family may have to be paid.

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Old 04-05-2018, 05:49 PM
 
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It's not suicide.

There aren't any bridges over the Chattahoochee big enough to commit suicide from. High school kids jump off those bridges for fun. If he did jump off a bridge, the only way he would have died in that river is by drowning. I know they pull out people every once in a while who drown accidentally, but I doubt he would have timed his suicide to a water release from Buford Dam when there are simply so many other, better, faster ways to off yourself.

Somebody threw his body in that river.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Sometimes competent, intelligent people dig too deep into stuff they shouldn’t, like this guy did with the NRA and questioning vaccines, and sometimes the people they affect by digging just simply get rid of those persons. I think that needs to be looked at just as much as a seemingly happy and successful guy killing himself in the ‘Hooch of all places.
Link to the NRA and "questioning vaccines"?
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Old 04-05-2018, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Vinings
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It's not suicide.

There aren't any bridges over the Chattahoochee big enough to commit suicide from. High school kids jump off those bridges for fun. If he did jump off a bridge, the only way he would have died in that river is by drowning. I know they pull out people every once in a while who drown accidentally, but I doubt he would have timed his suicide to a water release from Buford Dam when there are simply so many other, better, faster ways to off yourself.

Somebody threw his body in that river.
Investigators said no says of foul play, which is about the only thing we know so far.

He could have deliberately drowned himself by some method, or maybe he couldn't swim, which would make jumping in, essentially suicide. Or maybe he killed himself some other way (took a bottle of pills or something), and spent his last moments swimming in the river.

Lot of possibilities, including murder. But suicide seems at least likely.

We don't know yet.
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