Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say reports that Dr. Timothy Cunningham was passed up for a job promotion the day of his disappearance are incorrect, the Associated Press reported.
Cunningham, 35, hasn’t been seen or heard from since leaving work sick on Monday, Feb. 12. Atlanta police say he left all his personal belongings behind, including his keys, wallet and even his dog. Authorities are now offering a $15,000 reward for information into his disappearance.
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. O’Connor was sure Cunningham was upset over the lack of promotion because he allegedly shared the news with co-workers. 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.”
“There has been news coverage that Commander Cunningham recently did not receive a promotion. As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect. 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 (USPHS). Over and above any of his assignments at CDC, his early promotion within the USPHS reflects his excellence as an officer and an employee.” the statement read.
The investigation into Cunningham’s disappearance is still underway. So far, authorities say there is no evidence of foul play.