Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Last week, Cunningham's father released photos of the July promotional ceremony, hoping to set the record straight about his son's career and his demeanor on the day the epidemiologist left work. Now a statement from the CDC on Monday is completely contradicting the officer's claim, explaining that Cunningham received an "exceptional proficiency promotion" on July 1 to the position of commander as recognition for his "exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service".

Michael O'Connor, who said that Cunningham left the CDC headquarters in Atlanta on February 12, after supposedly discussing with his supervisor the reasons why he was passed up for a promotion.

Authorities have said no evidence of foul play was involved in Cunningham's disappearance. As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect.

Prior to the CDC's statement, the last major update on Timothy Cunningham came last week, when ABC News reported that a combination of private donations and donations from the Cunningham family had driven up the reward for information on his case to $15,000.

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Anyone with information surrounding Timothy Cunningham's disappearance is urged to contact Atlanta police at 404-546-4235.

Cunningham has been a prominent fixture in the Atlanta community. Cunningham was told the previous week he was not getting the job, O'Connor said. That report cited Atlanta Police Maj. "We've talked to several of his co-workers, and they indicated obviously he was disappointed about this promotion", he said.

There has been news coverage that Commander Cunningham recently did not receive a promotion. 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. "Saturday, Tim called over to me from across the way and told me to take his number out of her phone", he told the station.

His family reported him missing on February 14.

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