Atlanta Police say that a Centers for Disease Control employee has been missing since Feb. 12.
Timothy Cunningham, 35, reportedly told his employer, the CDC, that he was sick. His parents went to his home and found his wallet and other belongings. He also left his beloved dog alone, according to various news reports. His disappearance was reported to police on Feb. 16. Cunningham is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
“It is unusual for him not to contact his family,” the Atlanta Police Department said. “If any information is known on his whereabouts, please contact 911 or the Atlanta Police Homicide/Adult Missing Persons Unit at 404-546-4235.”
APD says the family has partnered with Crime Stoppers to offer a $10,000 reward for information about Cunningham’s whereabouts.
“We have been unable to locate Mr. Cunningham and we are seeking the assistance of the public with this case,” the Police Department said. “The family of Mr. Cunningham has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta in offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this case. At this time we have found no evidence of foul play however, it is our practice to explore any and every possibility in a case such as this one.
“We urge anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Mr. Cunningham to contact police. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward.”
According to the CDC, Cunningham is a team lead with CDC’s Division of Population Health. Fox 5 Atlanta reported that Cunningham had been recently promoted to Commander under the U.S. Health Service Corps.
“Dr. Cunningham trained with CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer,” the CDC website says. “His research has been oriented towards understanding health differences related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, and geography. Dr. Cunningham has also deployed for numerous public health emergencies, including Superstorm Sandy, Ebola, and Zika. He is an active member of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Epidemiology. Dr. Cunningham received his S.M. and Sc.D. from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.”
His disappearance has made national news.