Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

CDC releases statement on employee who disappeared a month ago

CDC releases statement on employee who disappeared a month ago

Contrary to circulating news reports, Cunningham was not passed over for a promotion, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat.

A reward for information pointing to criminal activity in Cunningham's disappearance was increased to $15,000 last week.

A researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had disappeared the same day he learned why he was passed over for a promotion.

As many of his colleagues...have pointed out, this information is incorrect.

On Tuesday, Atlanta police spokesman D.T. Hannah said in a statement: "We stand behind every statement the Atlanta Police Department made about Dr. Cunningham's employment, as our information came directly from the CDC".

If anyone has information about Cunningham, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

Dr. Schuchat's statement goes on to read, "Cunningham received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1st 2017".

Dr. Timothy Cunningham, an epidemiologist based in Atlanta, Ga., was last seen on February 12 when he left work early, saying he wasn't feeling well.

Cunningham is an epidemiologist at the Atlanta-based federal agency. Cunningham was told the previous week he was not getting the job, O'Connor said.

"He tells the supervisor that he's not feeling particularly well", Atlanta police Maj. O'Connor was sure Cunningham was upset over the lack of promotion because he allegedly shared the news with co-workers.

"He told my husband to tell his wife-me -to erase his cellphone number from my cell phone", Viviana Tory told CBS. Cunningham's parents reported him missing February 16 after going to his home and finding his belongings and vehicle there.

Monday's statement from the CDC surely validates the family's efforts to set the record straight, stating "over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the United States Public Health Service reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee".

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