Missing employee received early promotion — CDC

Reward for missing CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham grows to $15000

Reward for missing CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham grows to $15000

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

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

After Cunningham's disappearance, reports surfaced based on a statement from an Atlanta police officer that Cunningham had been told he would not be getting a promotion before he went missing.

The Washington Post was among the publications that reported on Timothy Cunningham allegedly going missing due to work-related issues, writing earlier this month that the CDC doctor vanished not long after he was told he wasn't going to get promoted.

The CDC said reports of the job snub were incorrect.

Cunningham, 35, hasn't been seen or heard from since leaving work sick on Monday, Feb. 12.

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"In fact", the CDC statement continued, "he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance".

Cunningham reportedly made a peculiar comment to his next door neighbor a day before his disappearance.

Adding even more mystery to the freaky case, Chris Torry, a neighbor of Cunningham's, told WAGA that the CDC employee made a unusual request a few days before he disappeared. "If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward", Dr. Schuchat said Monday.

After Cunningham failed to report to work or contact his family for two days following his February 12 disappearance, his parents, Terrell and Tia-Juana Cunningham, drove down to Georgia from their house in Maryland to check on their son. Michael O'Connor of the Atlanta police major crimes section said the CDC itself "did note that he had been up for this promotion, which he did not receive".

A reward for information that might point to criminal involvement in Cunningham's disappearance was raised to $15,000 last week. The promotion was reflective of "his excellence as an officer and an employee".

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