CDC says missing doctor not passed over for promotion

Reward for missing CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham grows to $15000

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

According to CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat, Cunningham received a promotion in July 2017, 'in recognition of his exemplary performance'.

"If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon".

Atlanta Police Maj. Michael O'Connor had previously stated in a news conference last month that Cunningham failed to obtain a promotion to branch manager and met with his supervisor to discuss the issue one week before he went missing.

Initial reports by Atlanta police indicated that Cunningham, 35, vanished without a trace February 12 after being turned down for a promotion.

If anyone has information about Cunningham, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477). Schuchat, now acting director of the CDC, issued a statement on March 12 about missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham. As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect.

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His concerned parents found his wallet, vehicle and beloved pet all abandoned at Cunningham's Atlanta area home. In an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Awards profile past year, Cunningham said he was "using the skills I have to improve and help the lives of others", referring to his work at the CDC.

A reward for information about Cunningham has grown to more than $20,000.

The unusual circumstances surrounding Cunningham's disappearance have continued to baffle authorities.

The CDC did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the discrepancy between their statement and information released by the police, or how the promotion Cunningham received over the summer was relevant.

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".