Missing CDC epidemiologist was passed over for promotion: 5 things to know

Dr. Timothy Cunningham, team lead for the CDC's division of population health, went missing Feb. 12 shortly after his supervisor told him why he'd been passed over for a promotion, according to comments from an Atlanta police official cited by The Washington Post.

Here are five things to know.

1. Dr. Cunningham, a 35-year-old epidemiologist and alumni of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, was last seen leaving work Feb. 12 after telling colleagues he didn't feel well. His departure from the CDC facility came shortly after he spoke with his supervisor about a promotion he'd been passed over for a week earlier. Dr. Cunningham also called in sick Feb. 8-9.

2. Dr. Cunningham's parents later discovered their son's cell phone, wallet, keys, car and dog unattended at his home on Feb. 14.

3. Over a three-week investigation, police have reviewed cell phone records, searched hospitals and jails, and canvassed areas from above via helicopter.

4. The investigation has not yielded any indication as to whether Dr. Cunningham is alive or dead.

"[There is] no evidence suggesting anything," Atlanta Police Maj. Michael O'Connor recently told reporters, according to the Post.

5. CDC spokeswoman Kathy Harben told the Post "Dr. Cunningham's colleagues and friends at CDC hope that he is safe. … We want him to return to his loved ones and his work — doing what he does best as a CDC disease detective — protecting people's health."

To read The Washington Post's full report, click here.

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