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Missing employee received early promotion — CDC

Missing employee received early promotion — CDC

Timothy Cunningham, an epidemiologist at the CDC, vanished on Feb.12 after saying he wasn't feeling well at work.

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.

In early March, multiple media outlets reported Dr. Timothy Cunningham, team lead for the CDC's division of population health, met with a supervisor February 12 to discuss why he hadn't received a promotion the week before he went missing, citing comments from an Atlanta police official.

Cunningham's family has offered a $15,000 reward for information related to his disappearance.

Atlanta police did not have further updates to provide Tuesday.

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

"That meeting was to explain a promotion that he did not receive to branch manager".

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The CDC said it would continue to work with the Atlanta police department to solve the mystery of Cunningham's disappearance.

Adding even more mystery to the weird case, Chris Torry, a neighbor of Cunningham's, told WAGA that the CDC employee made a unusual request a few days before he disappeared. Cunningham was told the previous week he was not getting the job, O'Connor said. "He told several co-workers that he was and that he was expecting this promotion".

As a commander in the United States Public Health Service, Cunningham had worked on teams that responded to the Ebola and Zika crises.

Cunningham is an epidemiologist at the Atlanta-based federal agency.

Cunningham reportedly made a peculiar comment to his next door neighbor a day before his disappearance. "If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward", Dr. Schuchat said Monday.

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


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