Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

The 35-year-old has been missing since February 12.

Schuchat said the agency hasn't given up hope that Cunningham will be found.

"We have not given up hope that he will soon be found", Schuchat wrote. O'Connor was sure Cunningham was upset over the lack of promotion because he allegedly shared the news with co-workers.

Timothy Cunningham, an epidemiologist at the CDC, vanished on Feb.12 after saying he wasn't feeling well at work. Cunningham was reported missing by his parents on February 16.

His concerned parents found his wallet, vehicle and beloved pet all abandoned at Cunningham's Atlanta area home. His dog was also left alone, which his family said was uncharacteristic of him. "He just doesn't do it".

Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief
Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Now a $15,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to an arrest or indictment.

Anne Schuchat (right), then principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at a daily briefing on April 11, 2016.

Atlanta Police Maj. Michael O'Connor said during a news conference last month that Cunningham didn't receive a promotion to branch manager and met with his supervisor on the day he went missing to discuss why he didn't get the promotion.

"As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect".

The CDC said it would continue to work with the Atlanta police department to solve the mystery of Cunningham's disappearance. Now a statement from the CDC on Monday is completely contradicting the officer's claim, explaining that Cunningham received an "exceptional proficiency promotion" on July 1 to the position of commander as recognition for his "exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service".

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