Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief


Timothy Cunningham, a 35-year-old epidemiologist at the agency whose parents live in Waldorf, Md., mysteriously disappeared on February 12. Cunningham was reported missing by his parents on February 16.

Missing CDC researcher Timothy Cunningham was indeed promoted prior to his disappearance, agency officials clarified late last month.

Acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Anne Schuchat has denied that the missing CDC employee was passed over for the promotion right before he went missing since a month.

Schuchat said that Cunningham was promoted to commander effective July 1 "in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service", a uniformed corps in the Department of Health and Human Services.

A GoFundMe page has brought in more than $24,000 to establish a reward for information that might lead to Dr. Cunningham. The promotion was reflective of "his excellence as an officer and an employee". That report cited Atlanta Police Maj. He left work early on that day, claiming he was not feeling well.

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

Although the CDC's prepared statement on Timothy Cunningham's disappearance maintained that issues with a potential promotion were not involved, another Atlanta police officer disputed that on Monday, not long after the statement was released.

Police told CBS News the information they've received was from the CDC. Michael O'Connor added that Atlanta Police Department is firm on earlier statement given regarding Mr. Cunningham.

"If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon", the CDC said in a statement emailed to the Journal-Constitution.