The acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that an employee who has been missing for a month was not passed over for a promotion before his disappearance, as police had previously reported. Schuchat, now acting director of the CDC, issued a statement on March 12 about missing CDC employee Timothy Cunningham.
News reports and investigators have said Dr. Cunningham told co-workers February 12 he wasn't feeling well and had been denied a promotion.
The CDC said it would continue to work with the Atlanta police department to solve the mystery of Cunningham's disappearance.
In early March, multiple media outlets reported Dr. Timothy Cunningham, team lead for the CDC's division of population health, met with a supervisor February 12 to discuss why he hadn't received a promotion the week before he went missing, citing comments from an Atlanta police official.
Authorities have said no evidence of foul play was involved in Cunningham's disappearance.
A reward for information about Cunningham has grown to more than $20,000.
"We have not given up hope that he will soon be found", Schuchat wrote. "His friends, family, and colleagues are desperately searching for him".
Despite reports he disappeared right after he was passed over for a promotion, Dr. Schuchat said he'd been given an "early" promotion to the rank of commander, effective July 1 of a year ago, for his "exemplary performance".
If anyone has information about Cunningham, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).
"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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