Missing employee received early promotion — CDC

Leslie Hanson
March 13, 2018

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say reports that Dr. Timothy Cunningham was passed up for a job promotion the day of his disappearance are incorrect, the Associated Press reported.

Despite reports he disappeared right after he was passed over for a promotion, Dr. Schuchat said he'd been given an "early" promotion to the rank of commander, effective July 1 of previous year, for his "exemplary performance".

Dr. Schuchat added Dr. Cunningham was promoted to commander effective July 1, 2017.

Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat also tried to clear the air around what might have driven the disappearance of Dr. Cunningham, a commander in the Public Health Service.

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

Those details were actually released by the Atlanta Police Department during a press conference on their ongoing attempts to find Cunningham, who went missing on February 12 after leaving work and supposedly returning home. Over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee.

In partnership with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta, Cunningham's family increased the reward from $10,000 to $15,000 for any information that will help authorities land an arrest or indictment pertaining to Cunningham's disappearance. If you have any information which could be helpful. please call 911 or the Atlanta Police Department at (404) 546-4235.

Initial reports by Atlanta police indicated that Cunningham, 35, vanished without a trace February 12 after being turned down for a promotion. Dr. Cunningham left work early that day after telling colleagues he didn't feel well.

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