Missing employee received early promotion — CDC

Missing employee received early promotion — CDC

Cunningham, who attended Harvard and Morehouse College, left work early on February 12 because he said he was feeling ill.

In early March, multiple media outlets reported Dr. Timothy Cunningham, team lead for the CDC's division of population health, met with a supervisor February 12 to discuss why he hadn't received a promotion the week before he went missing, citing comments from an Atlanta police official.

Anyone with information on his disappearance is urged to call 911 or the Atlanta Police Homicide/Adult Missing Persons Unit at 404-546-4235.

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. "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. "The goal of that meeting was to explain a promotion he did not receive to branch manager", he said.

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Now a $15,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to an arrest or indictment.

Cunningham has been a prominent fixture in the Atlanta community. Michael O'Connor said. "He had actually called in sick the two previous workdays". CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reported O'Connor said Cunningham told co-workers he was expecting the promotion.

Atlanta police did not have further updates to provide Tuesday. In an Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 Awards profile a year ago, Cunningham said he was "using the skills I have to improve and help the lives of others", referring to his work at the CDC.

Cunningham, 35, works as a team lead for the CDC's Division of Population Health. The promotion was reflective of "his excellence as an officer and an employee".

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