CDC: Missing employee received early promotion

CDC: Missing employee received early promotion

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. 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".

At press conference last month, police Major Michael O'Connor revealed that Cunningham, an epidemiologist with the Atlanta-based CDC, met with his supervisors that morning and was given an explanation as to why didn't receive a particular promotion.

Timothy Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the CDC, disappeared without a trace after he left work mid-day on February 12, complaining of feeling ill.

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

"We have not given up hope that he will soon be found", she said. Chafee said, "Our information came directly from the CDC".

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

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.

"He told my husband to tell his wife-me -to erase his cellphone number from my cell phone", Viviana Tory told CBS. "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. If you have any information which could be helpful. please call 911 or the Atlanta Police Department at (404) 546-4235.