Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, MD, on March 12 denied recent media reports suggesting the CDC epidemiologist who's been missing for a month was passed over for a promotion prior to his disappearance, according to a report from CBS News.

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.

Schuchat said they have not given up hope that Cunningham will soon be found, "If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon".

His family reported him missing on February 14. "If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward", Dr. Schuchat said Monday.

As many of his colleagues...have pointed out, this information is incorrect.

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".

Although the CDC's prepared statement on Timothy Cunningham's disappearance maintained that issues with a potential promotion were not involved, another Atlanta police officer disputed that on Monday, not long after the statement was released.

When they arrived at his Atlanta home on February 14, the couple found their son's phone, keys, wallet, auto and dog, with no trace of him in sight. Tory said, "He told my husband to tell his wife - me - to erase his cellphone number from my cellphone". Authorities are now offering a $15,000 reward for information into his disappearance.

There has been news coverage that Commander Cunningham recently did not receive a promotion.

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

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