CDC chief: Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion

CDC doctor Tim Cunningham wasn't passed over for a promotion 1332018

Reward for missing CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham grows to $15000

Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee told CBS News the department stands behind previous statements made regarding Dr. Cunningham's employment, citing the CDC as the direct source of the information.

Countering reports that Cunningham disappeared after he was allegedly passed over for a promotion, the CDC, through acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat, wrote that the reports are incorrect and that Cunningham was actually given an early promotion to Commander in the summer of 2017.

Anyone with information surrounding Timothy Cunningham's disappearance is urged to contact Atlanta police at 404-546-4235.

In partnership with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta, Cunningham's family increased the reward from $10,000 to $15,000 for any information that will help authorities land an arrest or indictment pertaining to Cunningham's disappearance.

There has been news coverage that Commander Cunningham recently did not receive a promotion.

Timothy Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the CDC, disappeared without a trace after he left work mid-day on February 12, complaining of feeling ill. "He told several co-workers that he was and that he was expecting this promotion".

When they arrived at his Atlanta home on February 14, the couple found their son's phone, keys, wallet, vehicle and dog, with no trace of him in sight.

Cunningham has been a prominent fixture in the Atlanta community.

"He tells the supervisor that he's not feeling particularly well", Atlanta police Maj. "If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward".

The article said he was continuing on his family's path into the medical field; his father was an Air Force nurse for 30 years, and his mother worked for the state health department as a program manager. The promotion was reflective of "his excellence as an officer and an employee".

Cunningham, 35, works as a team lead for the CDC's Division of Population Health.

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