CDC says missing doctor not passed over for promotion

In the latest update on U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist Timothy Cunningham, the agency issued a press statement on Monday, in response to comments made by Atlanta police officers about the doctor's disappearance.

Contrary to circulating news reports, Cunningham was not passed over for a promotion, according to Dr. Anne Schuchat.

Atlanta Police said that Cunningham was told he wouldn't receive a promotion a week before he went missing.

Timothy Cunningham hasn't been seen or heard from since February 12, family members say. O'Connor was sure Cunningham was upset over the lack of promotion because he allegedly shared the news with co-workers. As many of his colleagues in the USPHS have pointed out, this information is incorrect.

Schuchat explained that Cunningham was actually promoted to commander effective on July 1 "in recognition of his exemplary performance in the US Public Health Service", which is a uniformed corps in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Today marks one month since Commander (CDR) Timothy Cunningham was last seen, and we have not given up hope that he will soon be found. "If anyone reading this has information about the whereabouts of Commander Cunningham, please come forward", Dr. Schuchat said Monday.

So far, authorities say there is no evidence of foul play. This came exactly one month after Cunningham, 35, was first reported missing.

When they arrived at his Atlanta home on February 14, the couple found their son's phone, keys, wallet, vehicle and dog, with no trace of him in sight. "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.

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

The Cunningham's have helped fund a $15,000 Crime Stoppers reward to help generate solid leads in their son's disappearance.

Vanessa Coleman