Missing CDC Employee Not Passed Over For Promotion


"We have not given up hope that he will soon be found", she said. CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reported O'Connor said Cunningham told co-workers he was expecting the promotion.

"We have not given up hope that he will soon be found", Schuchat wrote.

Atlanta Police said that Cunningham was told he wouldn't receive a promotion a week before he went missing.

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.

Police didn't find evidence of foul play, and efforts to find him in the woods near his home turned up empty, according to reports.

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Authorities say he called in sick on February 12 and has not been heard from since.

That same day, Atlanta police said Cunningham's supervisor explained to him why he wasn't getting promoted to branch manager.

Dr. Schuchat's statement goes on to read, "Cunningham received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1st 2017". In an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Awards profile previous year, Cunningham said he was "using the skills I have to improve and help the lives of others", referring to his work at the CDC.

Adding even more mystery to the freaky case, Chris Torry, a neighbor of Cunningham's, told WAGA that the CDC employee made a unusual request a few days before he disappeared.

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His concerned parents found his wallet, auto and beloved pet all abandoned at Cunningham's Atlanta area home.

In the statement released Monday, the CDC said Cunningham's July promotion "reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee".

Prior to the CDC's statement, the last major update on Timothy Cunningham came last week, when ABC News reported that a combination of private donations and donations from the Cunningham family had driven up the reward for information on his case to $15,000.

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

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