The acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention denied on Monday that an employee who has been missing for a month was passed over for a promotion before his disappearance. Schuchat, now acting director of the CDC, issued a statement on March 12 about missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham.
Timothy Cunningham hasn't been seen or heard from since February 12, family members say.
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.
Police didn't find evidence of foul play, and efforts to find him in the woods near his home turned up empty, according to reports.
"In fact, he received an early promotion/exceptional proficiency promotion to Commander effective July 1, 2017, in recognition of his exemplary performance in the U.S. Public Health Service", the agency said in a statement to WXIA-TV. However, the CDC said February 27 that the epidemiologist had received a promotion, but was upset that it wasn't the one he wanted, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
"He told my husband to tell his wife - me - to erase his cellphone number from my cellphone", Tory said. After CDC statement on Monday, Police Maj.
Crime Stoppers Atlanta announced Tuesday that the reward for information leading to criminal activity in the disappearance of 35-year-old scientist Timothy Cunningham has grown to $15,000.
"We have not given up hope that he will soon be found", Schuchat wrote. "If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward".
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