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Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief

Missing epidemiologist was not passed over for promotion — CDC chief”

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is discounting information that police released regarding missing employee Timothy Cunningham as erroneous.

News reports and investigators have said Dr. Cunningham told co-workers February 12 he wasn't feeling well and had been denied a promotion.

Cunningham, 35, hasn't been seen or heard from since leaving work sick on Monday, Feb. 12. Atlanta police have said there were no signs of foul play at his home, and the investigation continues. "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". Atlanta police say he left all his personal belongings behind, including his keys, wallet and even his dog.

Cunningham's next-door neighbor, Viviana Tory, told CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca that Cunningham said something odd to her husband that day.

On Monday, Atlanta Police Sgt. John Chafee told CBS News that the department stood behind every statement it's given about Cunningham's employment.

"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.

Schuchat said the agency hasn't given up hope that Cunningham will be found.

Schuchat also said that they 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". Authorities are now offering a $15,000 reward for information into his disappearance.

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