Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Reward for missing CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham grows to $15000

Reward for missing CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham grows to $15000

Cunningham left work early that day, saying he wasn't feeling well, the police said. Schuchat, now acting director of the CDC, issued a statement on March 12 about missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham. Crime Stoppers said the money is for information "that points to criminal activity in the disappearance".

Police said Cunningham called his mother, who missed the call, and he didn't leave a voicemail, WGCL-TV reports. "He had been informed the previous Monday that he was not getting the promotion but the explanation occurred on the morning of the 12th", the Atlanta Police Department clarified on February 27, as quoted by 11 Alive.

That is now in apparent dispute by the CDC. Atlanta Police had said that the employee was told he would not be receiving a promotion the week before he disappeared, CBS News reports. "Meanwhile, the CDC wrote in its release that the agency "[has] not given up hope" that Cunningham will be found, adding that it is working with his family and the Atlanta Police Department as they continue investigating the matter and gathering more information on the doctor's disappearance.

Cunningham held a meeting on February 12 with his supervisor, O'Connor said in the February 27 briefing.

"That meeting was to explain a promotion that he did not receive to branch manager". O'Connor was sure Cunningham was upset over the lack of promotion because he allegedly shared the news with co-workers. His vehicle, keys, wallet, phone and dog were all at his home.

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

Dr. Schuchat added Dr. Cunningham was promoted to commander effective July 1, 2017. "We want him to return to his loved ones and his work - doing what he does best as a CDC disease detective - protecting people's health". "If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward", Dr. Schuchat said Monday.

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