CDC denies missing worker was passed over for promotion

CDC doctor Tim Cunningham wasn't passed over for a promotion 1332018

Reward for missing CDC scientist Timothy Cunningham grows to $15000

"We have not given up hope that he will soon be found", Schuchat wrote.

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

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.

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Timothy Cunningham, a 35-year-old epidemiologist at the agency whose parents live in Waldorf, Md., mysteriously disappeared on February 12.

Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee told CBS News the department stands behind previous statements made regarding Dr. Cunningham's employment, citing the CDC as the direct source of the information. 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.

Cunningham left work early that day, saying he wasn't feeling well, the police said.

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Cunningham's family has offered a $15,000 reward for information related to his disappearance. "His friends, family, and colleagues are desperately searching for him".

The CDC said it would continue to work with the Atlanta police department to solve the mystery of Cunningham's disappearance.

"If Tim reads this message, we hope you come home soon", the CDC said in a statement emailed to the Journal-Constitution.

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